News Release 434

Have a rockin' good Christmas!

Volume 37-434 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Hylan Beydler
573-368-2118

ROLLA, MO, NOV. 17, 2009 -- Want to delight your favorite rock enthusiast this Christmas? If so, consider giving a Missouri Rock and Mineral Set. After a 15-year hiatus, these popular, educational rock and mineral sets are once again being offered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geology and Land Survey.

"Each set contains 20 of Missouri's more common rocks and minerals," said Joe Gillman, state geologist and DNR Geology and Land Survey director. "All of the rocks and minerals are from Missouri," Gillman added.

Accompanying the set is a 16-page, full-color booklet that describes each rock and mineral and its uses. In addition to this outstanding rock and mineral set, DNR offers other items such as polished Mozarkite — the official state rock — books, posters and educational trading cards for purchase from the publications desk in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road. Items may also be ordered online, 24/7 from the Missouri Geology Store [missourigeologystore.com].

If you plan to visit the publications desk, while there, don't miss the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, also located in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road. Visitors are welcome to tour the museum free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Additional information may be found on the division's website [dnr.mo.gov/geology].

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Editor: Photo is available at dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/images/templeton-rock-set11-16-09 (5).jpg.

Caption: Pictured are Mark Templeton, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director and Joe Gillman, state geologist and Geology and Land Survey Director. Gillman is presenting Templeton a set of some of the more common rocks that can be found in Missouri. After a 15-year hiatus, these popular, educational rock and mineral sets are once again being offered for sale by the department. Accompanying the set is a 16 page, full-color booklet that describes each rock and mineral and their uses.