Minerals fluorescing under longwave UV light, Image Credit: Joan Stoker
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To earn your Fluorescent Minerals badge, you should be able to define “fluorescence” and explain why some minerals fluoresce and then name some common fluorescent minerals. You might also learn about famous localities for fluorescent minerals, collect examples and create a fluorescent display case, and learn about safety when it comes to working with ultraviolet lamps.
What's not to like about rocks, minerals, and even fossils that glow in the dark?
It can usually be completed in one 60-90 minute session.
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These are the same two minerals from the picture above photographed in normal light. The ability of minerals to fluoresce was first described by Sir George Stokes in 1852. He named the effect "fluorescence" after the mineral Fluorite that he was working with. With the availability of handheld short and long wave UV lights; we can now experience the variety of colors that rocks, minerals, and even fossils emit when viewed under UV light in a darken room.
Image Credit: Joan Stoker