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Geology Section

Geology Section comprises the following systematic collections:

Mineralogy: the collection Minerals of Bosnia and Herzegovina contains approximately 2,500 samples, while the general mineral collection has about 2,200 samples. The meteorites collection contains 66 specimens. 

Petrography: the collection Rocks and Ores of Bosnia and Herzegovina contains approximately 1,300 specimens, and the general collection contains about 700.

Palaeontology: The collection Fossils of Bosnia and Herzegovina contains approximately 18,000 specimens, and the general collection of fossils contains 14,000 specimens (Mollusca, Echinodermata, Brachiopoda, plants, vertebrates, etc.).

Staff: 
Božena Čvorović, MSc
Palaeontologist
Senior curator
Dr Amra Hamzabegović
Geologist petrographer
Senior research associate
natural sciences, geology, fossil, snake, mesophis

Fossil snake – Mesophis nopcsai Bolkay

Fossil remains of this snake were found in Selište near Bileća in late Cretaceous marl rock formed by sedimentation in marine conditions about 90 million years ago. Fossil snakes are a rare find, which makes each one important for the study of the development of snakes.

natural sciences, geology, minerals, malachite

Malachite

The most recognisable characteristic of malachite is its intense green colour. It is also popular because of its striped texture, with alternating strips of lighter and darker shades.

Odjeljenje za prirodne nauke, geologija, minerali, beril

Beryl

A very rare and valuable mineral, beryl can be coloured or colourless.

Odjeljenje za prirodne nauke, geologija, minerali, korund

Corundum

Corundum is an attractive form of aluminium oxide used for jewellery. Other forms with the same composition and crystalline structure include ruby (red from traces of chrome) and sapphire (various colours, including blue and bright red, from iron or titanium).

geologija, minerali, pirit

Pyrite

Pyrite comes in beautiful and regular crystalline forms. With its yellow colour and metallic sheen, it is reminiscent of gold. It differs from the precious metals in that it cannot be worked. Also, while gold grinds into yellow dust, ground pyrite is black.