NEWS

NEW SHOWCASE DONATIONS AND LEGACIES

The purpose of this case, in addition to known paleontological richness of Bages and some districts of Catalunya Central, we encourage donations disinterested of geological material to museums, public institutions.

Since its opening on June 1980, the Museu de Geologia Valentí Masachs start their exposures equipment donated by the founder himself, Dr. Valentí Masachs. Since then, contributions through donations and bequests have been coming (Closas i Miralles, Carles Curto, Jaume Serrate).

Now you can see in these showcases the remarkable donations of Mr. J. Antonio Valdivielso (Igualada), the Mr Lluís Ribera (Oliana), which highlights a new genus and new species of fossil mollusk in the family porcelains (Olianatrivia Riberai), the first holotype Museum, the legacy of Mn. Feu, the Institut Català d'Historia Natural (Group Bages) and various donations from people in Bages.

As temporary storage, there is a sample of vertebrate paleontology at the Museum of Moiá - Coves del Toll.

 

SAVING ENERGY AND MINERALS OF THE FUTURE

Recently joined the Geology Museum Valentí Masachs a showcase where you can check the power consumption of three different types of light bulbs made ​​with minerals in the future.

In the switch that launches each type of bulb, you can check the current intensity generated and see the equivalent in watts, and the corresponding energy savings

The bulbs are: a halogen, a low power and led. Each gives the same level of intensity of light on the future of the minerals which have emerged, while launching a small mill operated light energy it receives.

You can also see the different shades of colors that give a strip of leds in the colors red, green and blue, and the combination of them all generates as white.

 

FUTURE MINERALS

For first time in our museums, the Museum of Geology Valentí Masachs presents a number of minerals that are by big utility, for our society and that are considered strategic.

What are they?: The Rare Earth , the Platinum group (Platinum, Osmium, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium and Palladium), the lithium, niobium, tantalum (coltan) indium, gallium, germanium, rubidium, cesium and graphene.

Are minerals composed of useful elements: Green Technologies (energy saving), consumer electronics, medicine, industry, military defense systems, batteries electric cars, hybrid cars, jewelry, vehicle catalysts, dental, laboratory chemicals, alloys, devices small electronics, such as phones, memory sticks, ipod's, ipad's, pc's, flat screen TV, game consoles, solar cells, clinical thermometers, touch screens, drilling, chemotherapy, etc.

All can be found in the museum, seeing many of their applications and see how it can be recycled to achieve a holding of them as sustainable as possible.

The Museum of Geology Valentí Masachs has published a book in the form of chips, with the name: Recursos Minerals: Aplicacions i Reciclatge, on minerals, elements that form them, their applications and recycling, designed and written for make it understandable from ESO, Bachelor, Vocational Training to Universities, and also for the general public. This book includes a CD to be screened in class.

CHAIR-CAM

A CAMERA AND MONITOR DEVICE ATTACHED TO A WHEELCHAIR THAT ENABLES THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED TO VIEW RAISED SHOWCASES AND OBJECTS.

Before, wheelchair users were unable to view most of our museum showcases, which are 1.10-m to 1.30-m high and cannot be lowered. Now, thanks to a new device that comprises a TV camera attached to a tube, a 10’’ TFT monitor and a battery fitted to a basic wheelchair, disabled visitors can view showcases and other museum objects regardless of the height at which they are displayed.

The camera can be operated from the wheelchair, which incorporates a screen and a zoom function that offers close-up and long-range views of captured images.

The chair also features a table for visitors to transfer from their own wheelchair to this one. Those who cannot change wheelchairs will have the chair-cam in front of them, so that they can see the showcases on the screen, which can rotate 180º.

According to information from other museums in Catalonia, ours is the only museum with such a device.

 The Chair-Cam is an original idea by Joaquim Sanz i Balagué, director of the Valentí Masachs Geology Museum. It was manufactured by Josep Mª Borràs i Santillàn, of JMB-Sonoritzacions in Sant Fruitós de Bages.