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Alex Riter (Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin)

Alex Riter, Ph.D., is a geologist whose primary interests are the origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks formed at high temperatures and pressures.  She is cleaning, identifying,  and organizing the rocks and minerals stored with the Non-vertebrate Paleontology collection, and working on a set of gem and mineral web pages featuring our collection.  Some of the most beautiful of the mineral samples she's found to date are brilliant scarlet crystals of cinnabar, translucent sphalerite, and large calcite prisms.

Warning!  The crystals of cinnabar shown here are a rare version that can be handled safely.  Most cinnabar is toxic because it is rich in mercury, and should not be handled.

Comment: Alex has gone on to study further and is currently developing her skills in GIS.


'Just look at these calcite prisms'
Alex Riter

"Look at these fabulous crystals of cinnabar!"
At work in the collection



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