Burlington Counil On Aging

Senior Center

61 Center Street

Burlington, MA  

Our Next Meeting will be held on:
FRIDAY, Janury 20th at 8:00PM
by Jim Pecora

"Copper by Pecora" is a fascinating view of one of the most ubiquitous of all minerals, Copper "Cu." Every day in every way we are serviced by Copper.  The ancients amassed huge fortunes by its extraction and processing. And the US, during WWII, was hugely aided by Copper from one very famous locality right here in New England: The Elizabeth Copper Mine in South Strafford, VT.  Situated on 850 acres of land the mine contained 5 miles of underground rail lines, had 18 on-site smelters, and created one of the biggest Superfund sites in America!  It is now being released back to the public, via the efforts of one heroic individual named Scott and Pecora's Mica Mine Schoolhouse.

Pebble Pups
Tom Rich will talk about Lithium and its significance in the mineral Spodumene.  This miraculous chemical has become a strategic chemical/mineral and has properties unique to no other mineral or chemical. Tom spent 10 years in chemistry formulating properties unlike anything else on earth. And the third element in the periodic table has become a major constituent in every computer, telephone, and space craft in the world. We will see how it is used and how mining spodumene has become key in world defense.
Don't forget to bring a specimen for show and tell!
There will be a short Business Meeting Followed by Refreshments.  Please Feel Free To Bring An Item For The Refreshment Table!