Exhibits include 1,200 square feet of space within the museum, specimens in cases in the atrium and additional display cases downstairs in Rankin Science West.
Rankin Rock Wall
The Rankin Rock Wall includes 103 rock specimens documenting the geologic history of the Appalachian region, including examples of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks as well as diverse geologic structures. The specimens are framed by "Elk Stone," part of the Cranberry Gneiss, one of the oldest rocks in North Carolina. The wall is on the ground floor of Rankin Science West, just outside the main office of the Department of Geology.
GEMS - Geology, Economics, Mining, and Society
The newest exhibit we are developing is "GEMS - Geology, Economics, Mining, and Society" - an initiative funded by Vulcan Materials Corporation to explore modern society's reliance on earth materials.