|November from 12th to 14th in Montju´c |
EXPOMINER WILL APPROACH TO THE CATALONIAN PUBLIC MINERALS AND FOSSILS COMING FROM ALL THE WORLD
Expominer, Mineral and Fossils Exhibition Bourse, 26¬ will celebrate his edition from the 12 to the 14 of November of 2004 in the Palace n║ 6 of Montju´c. The contest, that the Fira of Barcelona organizes annually, will count on the presence of near 120 exhibitors, 51% from which come from the Spanish authonom Communities, and rest 49% of countries of Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. All of them will present/display their collections of fossils, minerals and gems that will be able to be bought, to be sold or to be interchanged "in situ". The exhibition will occupy more than 4,000 square meters of surface, and hopes to receive to more than 15,000 visitors.
Also, the show will continue maintaining its double slope of commercial and cultural contest, affecting its function of promoter of the collecting, as well as its important divulging work, approaching more young people to mineralogy and paleontology.
On the other hand, the Expominer Show will continue harnessing this
year the sector of the Mineral Jewelry and Bisutery. One is the supply of
semiprecious jewels, made with metals like silver, gold or silver plated in gold
and precious stones or semiprecious, as they can be the amethyst, obsidian,
topaz, amber or lapis lazuli among others. The semiprecious jewels
present/display a wide fan of styles and designs, that go from most classic to
ethnic or the vanguardistas ones, combined with metals or other materials like
the leather and the weave. It is possible to emphasize that all the articles of
bisutery and jewels that will be exposed in this sector will be able to acquire
directly in the hall.
One second cultural exhibition will be dedicated to the dinosaurs, and under epigraph "Desert of Mongolia" it will present the reconstruction of the skeletons of the Velociraptor and Protoceratops. Both animals lived in Mongolia (Asia) in the end of Cretaceous period, this is between 83 and 71 million years ago. The replica of the Velociraptor skeleton, carnivore and fast predator, measures 2 meters in length and 1 of height. The Protoceratops was herbivore and had a pointed tip and a small necklace, and its weight reached 1.4 tons. Many skeletons of this dinosaur were collected during the American expedition in Mongolia in 1922. The replica of its skeleton measures 1,8 meters in length and 75 centimeters of height.
This cultural sample will be specially attractive as much by the spectacularity of the pieces as by its scientific interest, and it will be possible to be visited during every day of celebration of the show.
Once again, Expominer already organizes traditional "Children and young Drawing Contest" whose subject will be "The fossils of life"". In this contest all the smaller fans of 14 years with residence in Catalonia will be able to participate. The winners will receive a diploma and a collection of minerals.
Expominer also organizes in this occasion a daily
demonstration of geodes and three drawings: a geode is an upholstered
cavity of substances crystallized, so that they leave a hollow inside the
cavity, without getting to fill it completely. Usually they present a really
aesthetic morphology. By this, many geodes have commercial value for the
collecting or the decoration. The demonstrations will be carried out with the
collaboration of the Lithos company and will consist of cutting some geodes to
discover their attractive interior.
Like in each edition, the
Expominer Show will welcome the visits of different schools from
Catalonia, by means of which near 2,000 students will have the opportunity to
extend his knowledge on fossils and minerals and to close by observe his great
beauty and singularity. Each student will receive a memory mineral, and the
Scholastic Center will participate in the drawing of a very special prize: a
collection that reunites 25 more representative Earth minerals.
Also, the contest will offer
documentary projections about fossils and minerals, whose objective is
the one to approach childs to the fascinating world of stones.
Expominer in its 26 years of history has consolidated like the main
contest of the sector in Spain and one of five more excellent of Europe, being
the frame of samples, symposiums, drawings and exhibitions, and always
maintaining the slopes commercial and cultural that have characterized it from
the beginning. The great divulging work that Expominer has carried out,
welcoming altogether in more than 67,000 students of the schools of Barcelona,
is of great pedagogical value having contributed actively to the formation of
youngest in the extraordinary world of fossils and minerals, promoting visits,
aids of drawings and prizes. With this baggage and the objective to continue
being a promotion and diffusion tool for its sector, the Expominer Show will
open next November 12th the doors of his twentysixth show, in occasion of
which it hopes to again attract a great number of experts as well as neophytes
and fans of all the ages.
Barcelona, July 2004
Source: Press Department (Fira de Barcelona)
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