Considering rocks as documents where certain stages of our planets evolution are imprinted, since its origin around 4.460 million years ago until our days, we can accept that minerals are characters of a particular language that allows the reading of those rocks towards a knowledge of said evolution, much like the historian trying to decipher ancient readings in old scrolls or a musician reading a score.
In order to decipher earth’s history, one must know how to read the rock minerals and other elements conserved by them, as are fossils. On the other hand, studying rocks amplifies our vision of the mineral world, becoming essential to all rocks wherever their nature and origin might be.
There are over 3.500 species of known minerals. Some, not many, are part of the constitution of rocks, and others concentrate in geological bodies and are highly interesting as raw materials essential to society.
On our compound visitors can admire a collection of rocks, minerals, gems and fossils entitled “Natural Riches of the World”.
This permanent collection with a high pedagogical component complements the visit to this cathedral of nature.