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Collecting Rocks     View
At this site you can learn about the different types of rocks, how to identify them, where to find them, and what equipment you???ll need to collect them. Also learn some tips from the experts on labeling and storing your collection.

Rainbow of Gems     View
Descriptions of gemstones and their characteristics. This list seems to be more complete than the Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collection, although the photographs are not always as good. This is connected to a larger site on Gemology and Lapidary.

Geodes: Small Treasure Vaults in Illinois     View
Illustrated fact sheet about these irregular, roughly spherical geological formations that are lined with mineral crystals. Describes the makeup of a geode and theories about geode formation. From the Illinois State Geological Survey.

Mineral Identification Key     View
This resource for rockhounds lists tools needed, mineral properties (luster, hardness, cleavage, etc.) to test for, and a series of steps for narrowing the choices to the most likely species. The result is the pertinent portion of a table of minerals ...

The Epsom Salt Industry Council     View
The goal of this group of manufacturers and packagers of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is "to educate consumers as to the many, varied uses of their versatile product." The site features a list of uses, including bath salt, tile cleaner, h ...

Minerals Information     View
Covers over 100 minerals, from aluminum to zinc, that the U.S. government considers essential to its economy, national security, and environmental protection. The site includes statistics from government publications such as the Minerals Yearbook , o ...

Helium Statistics and Information     View
Collection of statistical publications on helium gas, including production and use, government stockpiles, world production and reserves, trends and issues, and related topics. Includes Mineral Commodity Summaries, Minerals Yearbook, and other public ...

Iron Ore Statistics and Information     View
Statistical publications on iron ore, "a mineral substance which, when heated in the presence of a reductant, will yield metallic iron (Fe). ... Iron ore is the source of primary iron for the world's iron and steel industries." Includes lin ...

World of Amber     View
Everything you ever wanted to know about this fossilized resin of ancient trees. Information is given on its physical properties, geologic occurrences, where it's found, what's found in it, identifying it, myths, uses, care, types, museums, and other ...

Zinc Statistics and Information     View
Statistical publications for zinc, "the 23rd most abundant element in the earth's crust. Sphalerite, zinc sulfide, is and has been the principal ore mineral in the world." Includes data on production and use, recycling, and related informat ...



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