Canada's Mineral Treasures Sparkle in New Vale Earth Gallery

Canada's Mineral Treasures Sparkle in New Vale Earth Gallery at
Canadian Museum of Nature 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/28/12 -- Canada's mineral
treasures and the geological forces that shape the country are
featured in a renewed and expanded gallery opening November 30 at the
Canadian Museum of Nature.  
The Vale Earth Gallery presents a fascinating journey through
geological time that relates how the Earth formed, how powerful
forces have changed and shaped our planet, and how geology and
mineralogy connect with everyday life. The new attraction is the
result of two years of planning and three months of renovations to a
smaller phase of the Vale Earth Gallery that had opened in 2010.  
"This new gallery returns the museum's best geological and mineral
specimens to permanent display in an expanded setting that includes
new content and engaging interactives," says Meg Beckel, President
and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. "We are extremely grateful
for Vale's support that has allowed us to complete this project that
will inspire and connect visitors with our collections and the
mineralogy research of our scientists."  
Instructive panels, interactive games and simulations explore the
complexities of geology and the three main types of rock that make up
the planet-sedimentary, magmatic and metamorphic. Visitors will learn
that the Earth is made of rock, rock is made of minerals, and
minerals are made of elements. The science of plate tectonics is
explored, as well as the rock cycle and how minerals form.  
The Vale Earth Gallery's showstoppers include 14 oversize mineral
specimens (weighing from 45 to 225 kg!) that share space with
approximately 1,000 superlative mineral, rock and gem specimens (most
from the museum's national collections). Meteorites, diamonds, gold
and minerals of many shapes and colours reveal the beauty and
diversity that result from the earth's geological processes.  
"Vale is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Canadian Museum of
Nature's Earth Gallery," stated Peter Poppinga, Chief Executive
Officer of Vale Canada Limited. "We are very proud to partner with
one of Canada's leading cultural champions to educate visitors about
all facets of the earth's resources. Everyday, as we work to
transform these resources into prosperity and s
development; we are fortunate to see the earth's magnificence in all
its splendor. We were inspired by the opportunity to share this
magnificence with all Canadians."  
There's much to experience in the gallery: build a volcano, cause an
earthquake, explore a limestone cave with a dripping waterfall,
observe animations that explain how rocks and minerals form,
manipulate a two-metre globe, and make different kinds of rock by
simulating geological forces. There's even a piece of Saskatchewan on
display-a replica of a sedimentary rock face with embedded fossils
from around 65 million years ago.  
Special sections include the Mineral Lab, which explores the
properties of minerals, displays unique minerals from Canadian mine
sites and presents videos of the museum's research staff at work in
the lab and in the field.  
Another feature in the gallery is the addition of the Canadian Mining
Hall of Fame, an interactive display that presents 153 biographies of
Canada's mining and geology pioneers. The new feature was brought to
the museum through the generous support of the Canadian Mining Hall
of Fame and Barrick Gold Corporation. The Mining Association of
Canada supported the development of a section called Earth's Precious
Resources. A multimedia presentation highlights society's reliance
upon products containing mined resources and evokes though on what
this may mean for our world.  
Entry to the Vale Earth Gallery is included with regular museum
admission. The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod
Street, Ottawa. Until May 1, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as extended hours on Thursday until 8
p.m. (Also open Mondays during holiday periods). For full details,
including fees and hours, visit Follow the Museum on
Twitter (@museumofnature) or become a fan on Facebook.  
About the Canadian Museum of Nature:  
The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural
history and natural sciences. It promotes awareness of Canada's
natural heritage through signature and travelling exhibitions, public
education programmes, ongoing scientific research, a dynamic website
and the maintenance of a 10.5 million-specimen collection. Among the
museum's scientific staff are mineralogists that pursue fundamental
research into the origins, identification and classification of
minerals. A founding member of the Alliance of Natural History
Museums of Canada, the museum is working with partners to expand its
national service and presence.  
About Vale:  
Vale Canada Limited is one of Canada's largest mining companies, with
operations in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario; Thompson, Manitoba
and Voisey's Bay and Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador. Vale's
Base Metals unit, with its headquarters in Toronto, is the world's
second largest nickel producer and a leading producer of copper,
platinum group metals and cobalt. In Canada, Vale has a community
investment program that has helped fuel local and national
initiatives, impacting the lives of thousands of Canadians. Vale
Canada Limited is part of Vale (NYSE:VALE), the world's largest
producer of iron ore and pellets. Vale is also a leading producer of
manganese, ferroalloys, thermal and coking coal, and fertilizer
nutrients. Present in 38 countries, Vale employs around 134,000
people. For further information, please visit
Dan Smythe
Senior Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of Nature
Lesley Sturla
High Road Communications
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