Natuurhistorisch & Volkenkundig

NVM Oudenbosch

Geology studies the physical aspects of earth and the creatures that lived on it. In the exposition various subjects from this "history of earth" are presented.
The geological background of the Dutch landscape, especially that of Western Brabant, is shown.

Displays show minerals, rocks, inages and a scale model, illustrating the building, erosion and transport of rock material. A drilling profile of 8000 feet from the Southern part of the North Sea shows the workings of this process in our region.

afdeling geologie

Because the Netherlands are an area where transported stone debris was deposited, the exposition encompasses the Dutch geological history of the last two million years. This era is called the Quaternary by geologists. In this time many glacial periods occurred, with a profound influence on the form of the landscape. Special attention is given to the development of the landscape in Western Brabant.

Some subjects are detailed in individual displays. Parts of a beach of long ago, showing a Saharian fossil aged more than a billion years, as well as fossilised beaches dating from over a hundred million years ago. Some displays show fossils of Tertiary and Pleistocene mammals from e.g. the Peel area in Brabant.

Threee displays of minerals, one of which presents the rock forming minerals, another various crystal groupings. A spectacular sight is the display of fluorescent minerals in the back of the room. een andere met allerlei kristalgroepjes. When exposed to ultraviolet radiation the stones convert the wavelength of this "light" to a visible, apparently luminous colour.