VMN CE Webinar: Exploring the Mineral Resources of Virginia
From Michelle Prysby
Description: With over 430 unique mineral species, Virginia hosts a wide variety of unique mineral deposits. In this presentation you will learn more about Virginia's unique geologic provinces and the various mineral resources and famous ore deposits found within them. Many of these historical sites were the backbone of Virginia's economic prosperity and for decades provided mineral collectors and scientists with stunning specimens which told a story about Virginia's geologic past. The presentation will also explore a brief history of Virginia's key mining developments dating back hundreds of years ago to stone-tool manufacturing and all the way to modern discussions about critical minerals and the future of the state's extractive industry. An additional goal of this presentation is to provide VMN members and leaders with the best resources and literature available about Virginia's geology and mineral resources to aid in discussions about why minerals are essential in everyday life and global discussions on energy transitions and climate change mitigation. No presentation on Virginia's mineral resources could be complete without an array of beautifully photographed images of some incredible mineral specimens collected here in the Commonwealth!
Presenter: Thomas Hale is the president of the Friends of Mineralogy Virginia Chapter Inc., a non-profit organization established in 2020 dedicated to promoting the state's mineral resources and working with industry and teacher associations, along with academic institutions and museums, to increase awareness around minerals in our everday life. Thomas Hale is currently a PhD student at the University of Delaware, in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences focusing on the nexus between the extractive sector and national security. His expertise in mineral diplomacy focuses on using minerals and materials as a method of exploring global challenges facing society. His research areas span the globe, with studies on Afghanistan, Central Africa, and recent work focused on legacy mining operations in Greenland.
Hosts: Michelle Prysby and Tiffany Brown
Zoom Recording ID: 89809917308 UUID: qDBpeC/QRPWTAP8qGrZ1eA== Meeting Time: 2023-03-15 03:45:47pmGMT