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Giant amethyst geodes, the Singing Stone, and a fluorescent rock slab

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Tour the recently redesigned Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, the American Museum of Natural History‘s dedicated space for over 5,000 magnificent specimens from 98 countries.

In the AMNH video above, museum president Ellen Futter and curator George Harlow share some highlights from the museum’s collection, including Three Massive Minerals with Spectacular Stories:

“…two remarkable amethyst geodes which, at 12 and 9 feet tall, are among the world’s largest on public display… the Singing Stone, a massive block of vibrant blue azurite and green malachite that was first exhibited at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago… and a wall-sized panel of rock glowing fluorescently in brilliant orange and green.”

amethyst geodes at AMNH
The Singing Stone at AMNH
fluorescent rock slab
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