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SD Mines to host rocks, fossils ID public event

RAPID CITY (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is inviting individuals to take their interesting backyard rock or fossil finds to the university's annual identification event.

Paleontology staff and students will study and identify people's finds during the Rock and Fossil ID Day Saturday at the school's Museum of Geology.

Samantha Hustoft is the museum's program assistant. She says quartz is the most common rock brought to the event for evaluation.

Hustoft says the program gives students "a chance to flex their brain power" and apply what they've learned in the classroom.

The museum showcases exhibits focusing on paleontology and mineralogy.