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Explore Precious Minerals and Miocene Fossils in New Exhibit

October 4, 2006 :: No. 36

What: Geo-Garden: An Exhibition of Minerals & Fossils will feature minerals and fossils from the McGraw Collection of the CSUF Geological Sciences Department and Orange County Fossil Collection.
When/Where: Oct. 8-Mar. 18, Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library, Cal State Fullerton
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Reception: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8
Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library
Public Information: 657-278-7160
Background: The McGraw Collection of the CSUF Geological Sciences Department was donated by the late Mack McGraw in fall 2005. It consists mainly of mineral specimens, in addition to some rock and fossil specimens. As a longshoreman on the docks of Long Beach, McGraw built his collection in a variety of ways, including buying and trading, and convincing ship captains and truck drivers to bring him precious minerals from all over the world and United States.

Fossils from the Orange County Fossil Collection include marine vertebrates that lived in the ocean waters that covered what is now Orange County during the Miocene Epoch — about five to 15 million years ago. Among featured fossils will be shark, whale — toothed and baleen — fur seal, primitive walrus and sea cow. The specimens were unearthed during county excavation projects, such as the San Joaquin Hills toll road and Alicia Parkway extension.
Photos: Images of Geo-Garden can be downloaded from the university’s website.
Media Contacts: Veronica Chiang, director of exhibitions, at 657-278-2990 or
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4851 or

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