Everything that we use as a modern society has its origins in the rocks and minerals of Earth, but nothing sets our hearts racing like the whisper of a gold rush or the display of a beautiful gem. These special mineral resources are part of our cultural fabric, and each has played a very important role in the development of human society. In this hands-on presentation, you will learn more about the special geologic conditions that lead to these rare finds, how geologists locate them, and how we get them out of the ground.