Rocks (National Taiwan University)
The Department of Geosciences of National Taiwan University was established during the Japanese Colonial Period. Most of its paleontological collection was inherited in the age of Taihoku Imperial University, and its database is quite large in size, with 450 rock-related documents. All rocks are formed from a wide range of minerals, either as a concentration of a single mineral or a combination of several, and can be classified into three major categories: igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic, according to their origin.
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The Department of Geosciences at National Taiwan University had completed the digitization of the most representative rock specimens, and also constructed a comprehensive database. But over the years, there was still lacking a systematic and island-wide collection of the entire and complete set of rock specimens, as well as field research on rock forms and related photographic records. Therefore, many important rock samples are still missing from various geological regions in Taiwan. In addition, typhoons and heavy rains, along with human development, often caused flooding and landslides, so Taiwan's special geological landscape and the faces of geological fields have gradually changed or disappeared. This project aims to collect rock samples from the coastal region of Eastern Taiwan, the east and west wing of the Central Mountain Range, western foothills area, Hengchun Peninsula and other geological regions.
Researchers; the general public
Japanese colonial period
Dates Collection Accumulated
Taihoku Imperial University; Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University
Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University
Is Located At
National Taiwan University Geological Specimen Hall
Is Accessed Via
Rock specimens; rocks
Igneous rocks (National Museum of Natural Science); Metamorphic Rocks (National Museum of Natural Science); Sedimentary rocks (National Museum of Natural Science)