National Collect Rocks Day is dedicated to collecting rocks. This fascinating hobby allows many people at the same time to study the natural origin of the stone, its structural features, and the time it appeared on the planet. It is celebrated on September 16th.
The collection of stones appeared thanks to the science of geology, which arose in the 19th century. Many researchers began to wonder how and when the planet formed. Rocks are an excellent object for analysis and research. Their age is hundreds of thousands of years and can tell us about the features of the formation of the Earth.
The first geologist is considered to be James Hutton, who at an advanced age decided to devote himself to the study of rocks. He destroyed many of the theories that existed before; for example, that all rocks could only form under water.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the approximate age of the Earth was already known. A theory about the formation of continents was put forward, and so on. Many people began to collect rare stones and rocks. For some, this is just a hobby with the opportunity to make good money (some stones are very rare and valuable), while for others, this is a real immersion in the history of their planet.
- More than 4 million minerals are known; among them, there are many precious stones.
- One of the largest collections of stones in the world is in the Museum of Natural History (USA). There are about 350 thousand minerals and more than 10 thousand precious stones.
How to take part
Congratulate friends and acquaintances on the holiday if they collect stones. Visit museums that display different geological specimens. Listen to lectures or study the topic of minerals and gems in more detail on your own.
When is National Collect Rocks Day celebrated in 2023?
National Collect Rocks Day is observed on September 16 each year.