Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Best Use of Mineralogy in a Movie

"Monolith Monsters" opens with a water-activated silica-sucking meteorite and ends with the hero saving the town by blowing up a dam conveniently located upstream of a salt mine. This 1950s classic contains heaps of mineral and rock jargon, some crazy ideas on silica biogeochemistry, and no "bad" two-legged aliens. Highlights are scenes of the crystal towers making their way down the canyon toward the town and of the professor and sheriff back in the lab trying to sort out what makes the crystals grow.