First rock garden opens at Mandalay University
THE country’s first geological rock garden, which will showcase fossils and the world’s oldest rocks, opened in Mandalay University’s Department of Geology yesterday.
Retired and current professors as well as former students helped to make the display possible, said Geological Rock Garden Implementing Committee secretary U Kyaw Naing Oo.
Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks will be displayed, said committee member U Kyaw Han. It was built to support the education of geological students and anyone who is interested in learning about the rocks. It is also meant to be a place to relax, he said.
“The rocks on display are carefully collected from geologically significant places across the country,” he said. “The students can study without going on long trips.”
Some of the rocks are 550 million years old and come from up to 15 kilometres underground, retired professor U Maung Maung said.
The Geological Museum at Mandalay University was opened by the Department of Geology in 1953, he said. Both international and domestic rocks are on display in the museum. – Translation by San Layy
Officials from the Department of Geology toured the new Geological Rock Garden yesterday.