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The Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History studies the origin and evolution of the Earth and Solar System, Earth processes and their products, and the effects of geologic and meteoritic phenomena on Earth's atmosphere and biosphere. The department houses a world-class gem collection with over 10,000 gems and 350,000 mineral specimens, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The department also holds the National Meteorite Collection and the National Rock and Ore Collection, which bring in scientists from around the world to study its specimens.

Gems, Meteorites & Rocks Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History

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The Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History studies the origin and evolution of the Earth and Solar System, Earth processes and their products, and the effects of geologic and meteoritic phenomena on Earth's atmosphere and biosphere. The department houses a world-class gem collection with over 10,000 gems and 350,000 mineral specimens, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The department also holds the National Meteorite Collection and the National Rock and Ore Collection, which bring in scientists from around the world to study its specimens.

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