Rocks and Minerals
Many universities and museums no longer keep numerous examples of rocks and minerals, other than small teaching collections. Microscopy and chemical analysis are now the more common methods of finding the composition of earth materials. In the older tradition, the North Museum still holds thousands of hand samples of rocks and minerals. Many of the most attractive or interesting minerals are on display in the museum's lower level. Some of the most remarkable are the result of a private gift in the early1980s.