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Rocks and Minerals

These websites about rocks and minerals will be of great interest to rock collectors, weather enthusiasts, and amateur gemologists. For our armchair travelers, you can take one, or more, of the rocks and minerals virtual field trips.

See "Books Galore" to find a selection of books on rocks and minerals.

The Field Trips Site…Online Education Inside the Classroom and Out
Take a virtual field trip to learn about volcanoes.

HowStuffWorks-Learn How Everything Works!
Learn how earthquakes work, how volcanoes work, and how diamonds work.

Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of Natural History-Department of Mineral Sciences
The Department of Mineral Sciences is “dedicated to the study of minerals, gems, rocks, volcanoes, and meteors: their origin and evolution”. You’ll want to check out the photo galleries.

U.S. Geological Survey Geologic
With sections pertaining to earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, earth surface dynamics, mapping, minerals, and energy, you’ll have lots of reasons to visit. There’s also a Learning Web at http://www.usgs.gov/education/

Volcano World
Brought to you by the University of North Dakota, this site lets you look at the earth’s volcanoes, and some volcanoes that are out of this world! It also has teaching and learning resources.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9912078. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.