new at special exhibitions

Evolution of Minerals

from 05. April 2017

Robert Hazen, a scientist at the Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C., discovered the evolution of minerals in 2008. He was the first to see a connection between the formation of new minerals and the change in environmental conditions during the development of our planet. The variety of minerals on Earth is far greater than on all other investigated planets and moons of our solar system. The huge diversity of minerals on Earth is mainly the result of plate tectonics and, in particular, life on Earth. Without life, more than 50% of minerals on Earth would not exist. The formation of new minerals on Earth reflects the changing environmental conditions in Earth's history.

From April 5, 2017, this exciting concept will be part of the permanent exhibit at the Natural History Museum Vienna: objects that document the development of Earth in connection with 56 minerals illustrate the evolution of minerals in Hall 1.