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  1. Graphite

    Take a closer look at the graphite in your pencil and you'll be surprised to learn that it might represent the carbon from life forms of past geological ages. Though graphite is only one form of carbon, it is found in two places: crystalline clumps and softer rocks. Learn More
  2. Volcanoes

    Volcanoes are one of Earth's most terrifying and exhilarating spectacles. By studying volcanic material we can learn a great deal about Earth's interior. With this box, you will be able to learn volcano vocabulary, compare and contrast various igneous rocks and volcanic products, and practice estimation. Learn More
  3. Gold Mine Model

    Examine these tiny replications of a typical western gold mine and you'll discover the complicated processes and machinery used to harvest this valuable metal. Learn More
  4. Fossils From Rocks Near Chicago

    Unearth the life forms that lived in Chicago millions of years ago. Limestone forms the underlayer of the earth around Chicago, and contains an amazing array of fossils like corals, crinoids and trilobites, among others. Learn More
  5. How Shears Are Made

    Explore the basic process used to create these everyday objects. Samples of the procedure exhibit each step of scissor production, from the heating of a slender bar of tough low carbon steel to polishing the nickel-plated blades on a cotton-padded machine. Learn More
  6. Iron Ores

    The process of extracting iron from ore is more complicated than you may think, the correct ore must be found, ideally free of excess substances. A small sampling of various iron ores and oxides are found here, displaying the rarity of such materials. Learn More
  7. Fossils

    What is a fossil? Fossils are the remains or traces of things that were once alive. They can be bones, teeth, tracks, or any sign of past plant or animal life, thousands to billions of years old. Fossils found worldwide help us understand the history of life on Earth. Research the history of life through the mini fossil record contained in this box! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  8. Origin of Coal

    Discover the incredibly time consuming process nature uses to create coal. Closely linked to fossilization, the various stages of coal production are displayed in samples here. Learn More
  9. Pebbles, How Shaped by Erosion

    Investigate the long, complicated process of rock erosion that produces pebbles, and eventually, sand and soil. You will also get a glimpse of different geological patterns through diagrams and rock samples. Learn More
  10. Aluminum Production

    Explore the most versatile of all metals, aluminum can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can also be extruded, forged, and cast in molds. Aluminum is also often alloyed with other metals. Learn More

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