First rock gar­den opens at Man­dalay Univer­sity

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

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

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

Of­fi­cials from the Depart­ment of Ge­ol­ogy toured the new Ge­o­log­i­cal Rock Gar­den yes­ter­day.

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