The Wealth of Geological Museum; From Perrywinkles to Three-Meter-Long Elephant

The Wealth of Geological Museum; From Perrywinkles to Three-Meter-Long Elephant

Luiza Abrahamyan, YSU Third-Year Student of Journalism Faculty for EcoLur

One can see 1500 sample collected by geologist Hovhannes Karapetyan during 40 years of his life at Geological Museum of NAS RA, which is located at the building of the Institute of Geology of NAS RA. The museum was founded in 1938 and was named after its founder Hovhannes Karapetyan. The exhibition here consists of 6 sections – archaeology, mineralogy, volcanism, mineral water, natural resources, and ores. Under Museum Director Gayane Grigoryan, only a part of stored 10,000 items is exhibited.

One can see different exhibits in the museum – mineral ores, remnants of elephants having lived thousands of years ago, one liter of petroleum in a jar. This is the most expensive exhibit which has been detected in Garni at the depth of 3500 meters.

The collection of minerals by American-Armenian Ara Dildilyan complemented the series of exhibits of the museum in 2012.

In another hall, you can see the recovered skeleton of an elephant discovered in Gyumri in 1927. The circles in the elephant's fang show its age – 6 or 7. Among the exhibits, you can also find perrywinkles, which is noteworthy taking into consideration the fact that Armenia doesn't have a sea. The museum has an eco-club called 'Naturalist' where children of different age learn about the geology in Armenia and the current environmental problems.

18:46 December 04, 2018


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