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Bugs of Glass, Trees of Stone

How does a beetle turn into quartz? Where do the beautiful colors in petrified wood come from? What does life on Mars have to do with it? Join Curator of Geology J. Chris Sagebiel at San Bernardino County Museum for “Bugs of Glass, Trees of Stone” on Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. This lecture is free with museum admission.

“Turning wood into stone and turning insects into glassy gems is a fascinating story where science, art, and mad scientists meet,” said Sagebiel. He will use the museum’s collection of siciliced insects from the Barstow Formation and the Howard Fletcher fossil wood collection to delve into the beauty and chemistry of fossilization. This talk will also preview the upcoming Hall of Geological Wonders exhibits on Miocene fossils, petrified wood, and minerals.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.


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