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AUB Department of Geology

The Geology Museum at AUB is considered to be the only major geology Museum in Lebanon, as the national Museum contains mainly archeological materials. The AUB Geology Museum contains a large mineralogy collection, rock collection and fossil collection. The mineralogy collection includes over 1,000 mineral specimens from various parts around the globe. The rock collection contains a larger number of rock specimens representing the three main rock groups of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic types. These collections contain examples from all the main mineral and rock groups on earth and contain some specimens that are somewhat rare and otherwise hard to find.  The impressive fossil collection includes specimens from the various fossil species across the wide spectrum of the animal fossil and plant fossil kingdoms, and across the vast Geological eras. The most impressive is the Mesozoic Lebanese fossil fish collection that represents one of the most well -preserved fossil fish collections in the world, containing some rare fossil fish species (nearly 100 million years old) and some of which represent extinct fish species.

How old is the geology collection: The Department of Geology was opened in October 1958. Part of the Geological collections (minerals, rocks, and fossils) was accumulated (mainly by Drs. Jesup, Riley, Day, and others) before 1958.

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It is the only collection in Lebanon, there is no other Geological Museum in the country. As such it is very well used more for educational purposes than for public viewing. It plays a significant role for teaching geology to students at AUB, from other universities and to a very large number of schools. It provides an early introduction to science for youngsters, igniting their interest in the subject. The geology collection ranks reasonably well compared to similar collections of other university geology museums abroad, but it needs a curator to better arrange it and organize the displays.
It is open to the public. It is well used by Geology students, by other AUB students taking geology courses as elective science, and by some agricultural and engineering students from AUB. University students from outside AUB, accompanied by their professors do request (annually), and receive guided tours particularly of the rock and mineral collections. Numerous students (in the hundreds) from a large number of School (usually from grades 4 to 12/13) and upon their written requests, do receive guided tours, annually, of the various Geology collections. The public are always welcome to visit the Geology Museum anytime during normal working hours.
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