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Minerals of Canada, 504

504 pieces

Where in the world?

Elsa, YT; Moyie, BC; Duncan, BC; Rapid Creek, YT; Nanton, AB; Rocanville, SK.; Baffin Island, NU; Lac de Gras, NT; Thompson, MB; Thunder Bay, ON; Silver Centre, ON; Baffin Island NU; Montreal, QC; Mont Saint-Hilaire, QC; Wilberforce, ON; Nain, NL; Asbestos, QC; Bathurst, NB; Snook’s Arm, NL; Cape D’Or, NS; Parrsboro, NS

The Occurence - Minerals of Canada, 504 Puzzle


When Michael began picking the specimens for this puzzle, he posted contenders...

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Minerals of Canada, 504Story


The specimens in this puzzle reside in various institutions and private collections.  If you’d like more information about the chemical composition, location the specimen was found, or current ‘home’ (Museum or Private Collection of someone fancy), you can find that information on the buy it now page. Each puzzle comes with it’s very own ‘chocolate box’ map.


When Michael began picking the specimens for this puzzle, he posted contenders on his social media page and asked for feedback.  EVERYONE had an opinion, a suggestion, a thinly veiled mineral threat… so… there may be a second version.


A weird but true fact - mineral specimens can be famous. Some specimens, like works of art, are known by their more popular public name. The Mona Lisa for example, is actually called La Gioconda.  Trans-American Sedan Championship cars are known as Trans Ams, and while one would think that a group of donkeys should be called an ass load, it’s actually called a pass of asses. True.

Not all of the specimens used in this puzzle are famous, but the silver wire specimen is known as The Question Mark, while the Graphite is known as the The Bluenose, in honour of the famous Canadian sailing ship.

See what we did there?  We just made you smarter.  Mnhmn.