Exhibition presented by the Maison de la Géologie et de l’Environnement de Haute-Alsace Sentheim (Home of Geology and environment of Sentheim, High-Alsace)
> Mineral Zone > Parc Jules Simon

Discovering the Alsatian geological heritage and wines!


As part of the prestige exhibition ‘The Origins: Stones and Wines’, the Home  of Geology and Environment in Upper Alsace and its partners present an exhibition and fun activities focused on the link between geology and the Alsatian vineyards, an  approach of the diversity concerning the local terroirs.
The program will include:
- → Free tastings of Alsatian wines and Grands Crus led by Alsatian winemakers and accompanied by a guide explaining the association between local geology and the presented wines.
- → An exhibition entitled ‘The Alsatian vineyard, fruit of tectonics’. It consists of educational posters provided by Yves Quinif, professor of geology at the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons,  to better understand the turbulent geological history of Alsace, which is at the origin of the diversity of its soils and wines. The exhibition will be accompanied by photographs of Mr. Heinz Modispacher, son of a winemaker, amateur photographer and enthusiast heritage lover.
1- → A conference entitled ‘From rock to wine, the origin of the diversity of the Alsace’ terroirs (more info HERE).
→ Entertainment and fun workshops involving soil science, terroir study, geology and wine (posters, boards, play equipment, educational tools).

This exhibition is organized with the participation of several partners that we thank warmly:
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Exhibited by Zelimir Gabelica, mineral chemistry professor at the University of High Alsace in Mulhouse, and organizer of international meetings on meteorites in Ensisheim, and Alain Carion, Doctor of Science and trader of minerals, fossils and meteorites
> Mineral Zone > Swimming pool

3_Imilac pallasite -  olivine dans matrice de m+®talWhat is a meteorite? Where does it come from? How old is it? What is it made of? How to recognize it ? Why does it fall to Earth? Is it useful? Dangerous? Why is it so sought after by scientists, prized by collectors? So many mysteries!
Frightening or fascinating, these stones or metal blocks, after a journey of several million years through the depths of space, crash every day on our earth where they dig huge craters, sometimes causing catastrophes of major dimensions.
Scientists collect meteorites; scrutinize them, trying to discover the secret of these stones that have been through the formation of the solar system. They try to decipher their message on the origin of life and its evolution on our planet, on the existence of a prebiotic chemistry elsewhere in the universe, on the question of our own origin…
1_Météorite de Ensisheim, 63,831 kgBy exhibiting  some specimens selected from their private collections, Zelimir Gabelica and Alain Carion want to raise awareness of fascinating beauty, of usefulness or simply of the historic or scientific interest of a representative portion of their meteorites and tektites collection. The highlight of this new exhibition will be the main block of the famous meteorite Ensisheim, 53.831 kg a chondrite which fell in a wheat field in the plain of Alsace on November 7, 1492, three weeks after Christopher Columbus discovered America, which is majestically enthroned in its window-setting in the middle of the showroom.

Right photo: Imilac pallasite – Olivine in metal matrix.
Left photo: Ensisheim meteorite


An exhibition by Gregory De Bodinat, Sylvain Desfarge, Sébastien and Christophe Peray Khayati, French crystal hunters
> Mineral Zone > Swimming pool

Illustration_Trésors de cristalliersThey roam the vertiginous spaces of high mountains or the dark mazes of mines, crystal hunters of the Alps are above all  enthusiast mineralogists. For centuries, this passion has been motivating them to explore tirelessly the bowels of the Earth in searching for these treasures that fascinate them.
Braving  hazards and dangers, they will endure every effort to achieve their goal: finding exceptional specimens. Because crystal hunters are entirely guided by the obsessions of excellence and rarity in finding the fantastic crystals that sometimes constitute major pieces of collections.
This exhibition gathers mineral specimens exclusively from prospections carried out by the Alps crystal hunters and all meet this origin criterion. It is the result of years of work and commitment to their passion. For some harvested fragments of eternity, how many failures and disappointments these treasure hunters went through? More than you might think while admiring these beautiful display cases… Many pieces challenge but only a few will be elected and can qualify for the status of exceptional specimens.


An exhibition organized by the French Association of Micromount (AFM)
> Mineral Zone > Val d’Argent Expo, VE2 


The French Association of Micromount organizes an exhibition on mineral species found for the first time ever in the mining district of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. Nine panels illustrate the minerals: dervillite, ferrarisite, fluckite, mcnearite, phaunouxite, rauenthalite, sainfeldite, villyaellenite and weilite.
The discovery of these minerals puts the district at the second rank concerning new species in France, mainly the arsenate resulting from the deterioration of rich minerals in ancient wet galleries.
For this exhibition, the AFM continues its mission of enhancing the French mineralogical heritage, already materialized by several studies and publications. For the first time an iconography and a description of the nine new species are gathered together, of which some are  very rare and  had never been photographed. The shots and  and bibliographic research has received support from universities and prestigious museums in France, Switzerland and the United States.
Photo : Sainfeldite cobaltifère, field 2,3 mm, coll. Georges Favreau, © Pierre Clolus