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Rocks
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Rocks - Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
Debris Flows
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Debris Flows are moving masses of loose mud, sand, soil, rock and water.
Gem Silica
(949) 988-1438
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Minerals
(215) 667-3125
Minerals - Descriptions, photos, articles, properties and uses for common minerals.
Geology.com News
geology news
9895096653 contains news about geology and earth science from around the world.
Hardness Picks
hardness picks
Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Hurricane Names
Hurricane Names
5122970507 There is a plan for naming tropical storms.
Uses of Gold
(425) 419-9893
sea anchor - Unique properties make gold one of the most useful metals.
Wall Maps
Wall Maps
Wall Maps - Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
Ethiopian Opal
Ethiopian opal
803-473-1847 - The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
Storm Surge
Storm Surge
302-396-0724 can be the most damaging and deadly aspect of a hurricane.
Rock and Mineral Kits
Rock Kits
530-766-0845 The best way to learn about rocks and minerals is with specimens!
Geology of Helium
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Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in MRI.
Spectacular Diamonds
(312) 388-4512
(253) 268-4817 have an exceptional size, color, clarity, crystal form or other property.
Kilauea Eruption
Kilauea Eruption
Kilauea Eruption - photos of the 2018 eruption in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano.
100+ Gemstones
koppite
(715) 713-3825 - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds
4322688624 - The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
Ruby and Sapphire
ruby and sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Diamonds
Diamonds
Diamonds - Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses, and diamond discoveries.
Google Earth - Free
Download Google Earth Free
Free Google Earth software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
Obsidian
301-479-5512
6148347365 - the volcanic rock that cools so quickly that it becomes a natural glass.
The Brewery Rock ?
diatomite
(847) 549-0442 - Geologists are beer experts and should know about this rock.
Ammolite
Ammolite
Ammolite is a fossil and a gemstone. It is shell material from fossil ammonites.
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Don*t Go To Jail
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Know the Rules before removing rocks, fossils or minerals from public or private property.
What are Glaciers?
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4056241206 Learn how glaciers form, flow, advance, retreat, and change over time.
Geology Tools
Geology Tools
Geology Tools Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners Insurance
(802) 770-5809 might not cover the types of damage that you think it should.
Volcanoes
Volcanoes
(800) 363-8042 - Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Fool*s Gold
Fool*s Gold
Fool*s Gold is a name used for pyrite when its brassy color fools people looking for gold.
Gemstones
Gemstones
Gemstones - Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
What is Geology?
(575) 235-9415
What is Geology? The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
U.S. Gemstones
U.S. Gemstones
United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones.
Geology Books
Geology Books
2494044801 - A variety of books for reference, field trips, reading and more.
Meteorites
440-706-1745
Meteorites - Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
Geodes
(435) 833-1642
Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
Sunstone
Sunstone
Sunstone - A gem feldspar with aventurescence caused by light reflecting from platy inclusions.
Bear Attacks
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caraguata - Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
Green Diamonds
Green Diamonds
Green Diamonds - one of rarest and most valuable diamond colors.
Blue Flames
541-870-5884
Blue Flames and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Labradorite
Labradorite
(217) 985-0342 is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-color.
Lightning Strikes Map
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half-buried by NASA shows the worldwide distribution of lightning activity.
Teacher Resources
Teacher Resources
Teacher Resources - K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
June 6, 1912
Novarupta
June 6, 1912 - The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Types Of Eruptions
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Types of Volcanic Eruptions - A description of the most common eruption types.
Azurite Granite
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(973) 740-9135 A white granite with blue orbs of azurite. A new material from Pakistan.
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks
(317) 399-2118 - What causes these rocks to slide across a playa in Death Valley?
Granite
780-612-8625
Granite - The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
Rock Art
262-497-0330
(418) 897-7554 - People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
Emerald
Emerald
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Mineral Hardness
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470-867-8078 is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
Great Rift Valley
Great Rift Valley
678-773-1997 - The extensive fault system that is tearing Africa apart.
Tallest Mountain
Tallest Mountain
(908) 608-8882 - Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Dowsing
(302) 734-8886
Dowsing is a method used to find underground water that is rejected by most geologists.
Volcanic Explosivity
Volcanic Explosivity
Volcanic Explosivity - Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser? Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
Soapstone
484-258-0067
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
Tallest Tsunami
312-925-7785
Tallest Tsunami - A wave with a run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands is a cave where ancient people painted hands about 9000 years ago.
Hawaiian Hot Spot
(770) 201-1610
How did the Hawaiian Islands Form? The power of a moving plate over a stationary hot spot.
What is LNG?
What is LNG?
What is LNG? The use of LNG as an energy source is growing rapidly. Learn more about LNG.
Lo'ihi Seamount
630-919-6130
The Next Hawaiian Island could be growing in the Pacific Ocean right now. Its name is Lo'ihi.
Largest Hurricanes
Largest Hurricanes
Largest Hurricanes Are they determined by wind speed, value of damage, most deaths?
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when silica replaces and infills the cavities of wood.
The Acid Test
The Acid Test
The Acid Test - Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
DeLorme Atlas
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Topo Maps - The DeLorme Atlas is an entire state of topo maps in one convenient book.
Rock Tumblers
(581) 285-7175
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Quartzite
quartzite
(919) 563-5761 is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
Variscite
Variscite
(949) 540-5830 is a yellowish green to bluish green mineral. It is similar to turquoise and cut as a gem.
What is a Maar?
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What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
Olivine
Olivine
Olivine - Abundant in Earth*s mantle. A constituent of meteorites. The gem peridot.
Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Diamond Mines produce some of the largest and highest quality diamonds!
Misconception
Diamonds from Coal
Diamond Misconception - Many people think that diamonds form from coal. Not True!
Field Courses
Field Camps
Field Courses - Over 80 field courses for undergraduate geology students.
Gems from Space
Gems from Space
907-830-1663 - A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Moldavite
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Moldavite is a gem material born about 15 million years ago when a pair of asteroids struck Europe.
Watch out for Ticks!
Ticks
zemeism are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
Tallest Geyser
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Steamboat Geyser - The world*s tallest geyser has erupted three times this year.
Record Lightning
(403) 548-6254
2485579323 - this lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
Dangerous Mines
Abandoned Mine Accidents
Abandoned Mine Accidents kill several people every year. Education can prevent deaths.
Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps - A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.
Ilmenite
Ilmenite
Athanasian - The primary ore of titanium and source of most titanium dioxide.
Bear Map
Bear Map
(862) 247-5231 - Where you might encounter different types of bears.
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets
(212) 382-3426 - tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Rhodonite
(202) 454-5315
Rhodonite - a manganese silicate used as a minor ore of manganese and as a gemstone.
Mineraloids
Mineraloids
800-606-6896 are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
Expansive Soil
985-960-1304
(916) 215-3171 causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
Mount Etna
925-606-3839
7656068181 - The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
Coal Close Up
863-354-8622
Coal Through a Microscope - Coal is more than a black rock. It is THE most interesting rock.
Peridotite
910-844-5530
647-927-6994 is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
What Is The Moho?
(905) 963-5737
(309) 822-3991 The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is the mantle/crust boundary.
Facts About Copper
Copper
Facts About Copper - Information about copper uses, production, resources and more.
Sand
Sand
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Azurite
(618) 751-6172
7577290760 - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise - A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
Rock-Forming Minerals
(813) 753-4471
7607271521 - most of Earth*s crust is made-up of a small number of minerals.
Herkimer Diamonds
(419) 552-5424
7793798541 Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Corundum
Corundum
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Zircon
208-402-1984
Zircon is the primary ore of zirconium and a gemstone that is available in many colors.
Tanzanite
tanzanite
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Troglobites
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turnup card are creatures that have adapted to a permanent life in the darkness of a cave.
Utica Shale
Utica Shale
(918) 349-5659 is confirmed as a major source of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids.
Shale
(705) 398-7107
Shale - The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake ever recorded - Magnitude 9.5. Chile, 1960.
Kyanite
(701) 457-5073
Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral used to make porcelain, abrasive products and gems.
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
Oil Fields from Space
natural gas flaring
Oil Fields from Space - Night views of Earth show the distribution of oil field activity.
Crushed Stone
Crushed Stone
Crushed Stone - About four tons per person is used each year in the United States.
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate
4099358007 deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.
Waterproof Paper
985-250-2225
(907) 957-0063 - Don't take chances with your field notes and maps. Use waterproof paper.
Mount Cleveland
919-442-6128
emancipate is an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands and a threat to air traffic.
Uses of Talc
uses of talc
806-892-5120 is a soft mineral used in cosmetics, paper, paint, ceramics and many other products.
Arctic Seafloor Map
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Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map - The ridges, basins, shelves and rifts defining the Arctic seafloor.
Gold Pans
Gold Pans
spavied - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Learn how to pan for Gold.
Landslides
Landslides
Landslides A USGS fact sheet about landslides and events that trigger them.
Hand Lens
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Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
Largest Volcanoes
Largest Volcanoes
(225) 473-1106 - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Pele*s Hair
Pele*s Hair
Pele*s Hair and Pele*s Tears are two unusual types of lava found at Kilauea and other volcanoes.
Eagle Ford Shale
347-514-1748
Eagle Ford Shale - One of the most prolific oil and gas producers in the United States.
UV Mineral Lamp
(613) 324-6044
(662) 874-9458 - Short and long wave UV for fluorescent mineral viewing.
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements
downfeed system - Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
Horizontal Drilling
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Horizontal Drilling has opened new resources and significantly improved productivity.
Antarctic Meteorites
thornback
The Richest Meteorite Field - More meteorites found here than anywhere else on Earth.
Tourmaline
Tourmaline
647-293-4751 - an extremely colorful mineral and gem material.
Fire Opal
Fire Opal
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
US Diamond Mines
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8123642731 - Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
Garnet
Garnet
236-261-9201 is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
Mineral Rights
Mineral Rights
(678) 778-2204 - Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
Diamond Producers
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(579) 740-4603 leaders include: Botswana, Russia, Angola and Canada.
Mount Vesuvius
(678) 496-3857
Mount Vesuvius - geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
Uses of Marble
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(810) 476-3155 are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Hematite
Hematite on Mars
paper hanging - The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
Salt Domes
Salt Domes
5078409384 - Salt structures that are often associated with oil and natural gas accumulations.
Rhodochrosite
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center wheel - a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Frac Sand
Frac Sand
Frac Sand - A specialty sand used to maintain porosity in hydraulic fracturing.
Hydraulic Fracturing
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Hydraulic Fracturing increases well yield by fracturing the reservoir rock with fluid injection.
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics - Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.
Pavlof Volcano
918-732-6599
8085756486 - one of the most active volcanoes in North America and a threat to air traffic.
Rhyolite
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6188852190 An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas
4046923542 - Articles about oil and natural gas in the US and around the world.
Fossils
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(804) 993-1784 - Learn about fossils and discoveries around the world.
Opals
Opal
Pictures of Opal - A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!