Rocks and Minerals B/C

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B

Post by magtse » March 3rd, 2014, 9:38 am

Hi All,

Are the teams actually allowed to 'touch' the live sample specimen during the event? (like pick it up and use magnifying glass to check them out)? or are they only allowed to put the magnifying glass close to it instead? Also if they are allowed to pick them up, are they allowed to at least do a fingernail test on them?

It doesn't quite specify on the event description.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B

Post by hexagonaria » March 4th, 2014, 6:32 am

magtse wrote:Hi All,

Are the teams actually allowed to 'touch' the live sample specimen during the event? (like pick it up and use magnifying glass to check them out)? or are they only allowed to put the magnifying glass close to it instead? Also if they are allowed to pick them up, are they allowed to at least do a fingernail test on them?

It doesn't quite specify on the event description.

Tks,
magtse
I have seen event proctors that allow students to touch the specimens, and one that has requested that they are kept in plastic bags, so I think it is up to whomever runs the event. They have always asked that they don't scratch them up though, but students break this rule all the time :roll:
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by technomario » March 7th, 2014, 7:22 am

Good luck to every one at Regionals/States/Nationals!! I am done for the year, finishing 7th, but looking foward to next year. Sadly, Rocks and Minerals will no longer be an event for the next 3 years! R.I.P Rocks and Minerals and looking foward to Fossils next year!
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by solakmagic » March 10th, 2014, 8:28 pm

Hey all! I'm getting different cleavage angles for Tremolite. Some sources say 60-120, others say amphibole cleavage of 87-93. HELP!
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by darkdeserthighway » March 17th, 2014, 4:33 pm

solakmagic wrote:Hey all! I'm getting different cleavage angles for Tremolite. Some sources say 60-120, others say amphibole cleavage of 87-93. HELP!
I think it should be 60-120. That's what I saw when I googled "tremolite cleavage" on the source websites.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by Anonymous2 » March 17th, 2014, 5:03 pm

I wish Rocks and minerals stays

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by darkdeserthighway » March 17th, 2014, 5:03 pm

Anonymous2 wrote:I wish Rocks and minerals stays
Same here. I hope fossils will be as much fun.
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by Celestite » March 18th, 2014, 7:00 pm

Yup, I studied hard for this event...
I really want to do it again next year

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by Intj » March 23rd, 2014, 10:35 am

I studied hard too, and then I got to competition and they had taken the easiest test off of Scioly. Plus the pictures weren't that great.
One thing I found really interesting about RM was the crystallography part. I'm going to write to some state directors and ask them to make a Crystallography trial event next year. It may or may not replace Fossils, since it would involve more math and chemistry. If you like the idea, or if you have any suggestions, vote at the poll I created: http://www.scioly.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=5522
I want to use the poll to show SO directors that there is interest in Crystallography (or not, depending on how people vote...)

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Post by syo_astro » March 23rd, 2014, 10:40 am

Intj wrote:I studied hard too, and then I got to competition and they had taken the easiest test off of Scioly. Plus the pictures weren't that great.
One thing I found really interesting about RM was the crystallography part. I'm going to write to some state directors and ask them to make a Crystallography trial event next year. It may or may not replace Fossils, since it would involve more math and chemistry. If you like the idea, or if you have any suggestions, vote at the poll I created: http://www.scioly.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=5522
I want to use the poll to show SO directors that there is interest in Crystallography (or not, depending on how people vote...)
I believe I told you my opinion about this on chat before. I don't think it should replace rocks and minerals. I think perhaps you could make it into some topic like Scientific Tools, make it something in MatSci, or make it part of some other event. I don't think crystallography alone really matches the general earth science and ID aspects of rocks. That is UNLESS you have made some rules, then I think I and others could get a better gist of how the event would work (it could very well be interesting and a great idea). I think someone else came onto the forums before asking to make another event and had even made draft rules. I'm pretty sure that'd be highly appreciated at least for consideration (I'm not a nats coordinator person, but this is how I feel at least).
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