Phytoplankton BloomsPhytoplankton Blooms
are caused by an explosive growth rate of plankton in surface waters.
Bear AttacksBear Attacks
- Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
Mineral LusterWhat Is Luster?
Luster is the light-reflecting characteristics of a mineral specimen.
is the primary ore of zirconium and a gemstone that is available in many colors.
is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Crystal HabitCrystal Habit
is the external shape displayed by a crystal or an aggregate of crystals.
Hardness PicksHardness Picks
- Test for hardness with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Mineral HardnessMohs Hardness Scale
is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
- Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
- A porous limestone composed almost entirely of fossil debris.
Largest HurricanesLargest Hurricanes
Are they determined by wind speed, value of damage, most deaths?
Mount EtnaMount Etna
- The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
Rock and Mineral KitsRock & Mineral Kits
The best way to learn about rocks and minerals is with specimens!
Volcanic ExplosivityVolcanic Explosivity
- Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
The Acid TestThe Acid Test
- Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Blue FlamesBlue Flames
and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Ruby and SapphireRuby and Sapphire
are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Types of MapsTypes of Maps
- Explore some of the most popular types of maps that have been made.
Teacher ResourcesTeacher Resources
- K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
Rock TumblersRock Tumblers
- All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Mars MeteoritesMars Meteorites
Mars rovers have found dozens of meteorites while exploring the red planet.
- the only important ore of mercury. Used in pigments until its toxicity was realized.
Utica ShaleUtica Shale
is a major source of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in PA, OH and WV.
Geology ToolsGeology Tools
Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
Fool*s GoldFool*s Gold
is a name used for pyrite when its brassy color fools people looking for gold.
OpalsPictures of Opal
- A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
is an orange to pink gemstone, a variety of beryl, that is growing rapidly in popularity.
- Descriptions, photos, articles, properties and uses for common minerals.
US Diamond MinesUS Diamond Mines
- Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
- the volcanic rock that cools so quickly that it becomes a natural glass.
Watch out for Ticks!Ticks
are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
American GemstonesMined in America
- Small mines in the United States produce a diversity of beautiful gemstones.
are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
Google Earth - FreeFree Google Earth
software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
Underwater VolcanoHawaii*s Next Island
could be growing in the Pacific Ocean right now. Its name is Lo*ihi.
is a purple silicate mineral, found only in Russia, used as a gem material.
- a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-color.
is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Methane HydrateMethane Hydrate
deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.
Colored DiamondsColored Diamonds
are diamonds with a noticeable body color. They can sell for over $1M/carat.
Wall MapsWall Maps
- Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
June 6th 1912Novarupta
- The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century occurred in the U.S.A.
are gems assigned to the month of a person*s birth. They are popular gifts in the U.S.
What is Geology?What is Geology?
The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
- Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
- The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
Ethiopian OpalEthiopian Opal
- The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
- The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
Geology BooksGeology Books
- A variety of books for reference, field trips, reading and more.
- Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses, and diamond discoveries.
What Is The Moho?What Is The Moho?
The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is the mantle/crust boundary.
- Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
DeLorme AtlasTopo Maps
- The DeLorme Atlas is an entire state of topo maps in one convenient book.
is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
Petrified WoodPetrified Wood
is a fossil that forms when silica replaces and infills the cavities of wood.
Grape AgateGrape Agate
is a popular mineral specimen with the color and the shape of a bunch of grapes.
Tallest MountainTallest Mountain
- Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Plate TectonicsPlate Tectonics
- Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.
Ant Hill GarnetsAnt Hill Garnets
- tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
UV Mineral LampPortable UV Lamp
- Short and long wave UV for fluorescent mineral viewing.
Lapis LazuliLapis Lazuli
- a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
Expansive SoilExpansive Soil
causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
Hand LensHand Lens
A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
- Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
Fire OpalFire Opal
is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Gem SilicaGem Silica
is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Rock ArtRock Art
- People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
- The primary ore of titanium and source of most titanium dioxide.
Debris FlowsDebris Flows
are moving masses of loose mud, sand, soil, rock and water.
Waterproof PaperWaterproof Paper
- Don't take chances with your field notes and maps. Use waterproof paper.
Field CoursesField Courses
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Rare Earth ElementsRare Earths
- Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
Crater of DiamondsCrater of Diamonds
- The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
Storm SurgeStorm Surge
can be the most damaging and deadly aspect of a hurricane.
- The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
What is a Maar?What is a Maar?
The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
Rocks on MarsRocks on Mars
Many of the rocks found on Mars are not very different from Earth rocks.
Fluorescent MineralsFluorescent Minerals
and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
- A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
Rock SaltRock Salt
is a sedimentary rock composed of the mineral halite. It has many uses!
Don*t Go To JailKnow the Rules
before removing rocks, fossils or minerals from public or private property.
- an extremely colorful mineral and gem material.
What is a Geyser?What is a Geyser?
Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
- The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
100+ Gemstones100+ Gems
- Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
is a variety of limestone formed from fine-grained marine sediment known as ooze.
- Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Lightning Strikes MapLightning Strikes Map
by NASA shows the worldwide distribution of lightning activity.
Cinder ConesCinder Cones
are the smallest, simplest, and most common type of volcano.
- Abundant in Earth*s mantle. A constituent of meteorites. The gem peridot.
Largest VolcanoesLargest Volcano
- That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
Horizontal DrillingHorizontal Drilling
has opened new resources and significantly improved productivity.
Uses of TalcTalc
is a soft mineral used in cosmetics, paper, paint, ceramics and many other products.
Homeowners InsuranceHomeowners Insurance
might not cover earthquake, hurricane and other geohazard damage.
Mineral RightsMineral Rights
- Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
Tallest WaterfallAngel Falls
in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world - it is 3212 feet tall.
Uses of MarbleThe Uses of Marble
are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Mount VesuviusMount Vesuvius
- geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
Pyroxene MineralsPyroxene Minerals
are a group of chain silicate minerals found in igneous and metamorphic rocks.