The rare earth elements are ugly.

If you missed my first post on what the rare earth elements are, go back and read it here! Don’t worry, I’ll wait! 🙂

Source: Peggy Greb, USDA Clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.
Source: Peggy Greb, USDA
Clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

So the above picture are six of the rare earth elements (REE). As you can see, none of the REE are particularly pretty. This makes a classic exhibit of text-item, text-item very hard to create. No one wants to look at these minerals for more than a few minutes:

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Or this one:

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Occassionally you get a pretty one with a brilliant green color, like fluocerite -ce:

© Michael Forsch, 2016. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
© Michael Forsch, 2016. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Unfortunately none of my minerals look like this. That’s why we’re going to be using a murder mystery to create a more enticing exhibit!

Thanks for reading, be kind to each other, and see you next time!

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