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What is LNG?
What is LNG?
What is LNG? The use of LNG as an energy source is growing rapidly. Learn more about LNG.
Troglobites
Troglobites
Troglobites are creatures that have adapted to a permanent life in the darkness of a cave.
Gemstones
Gemstones
Gemstones - Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
Bear Attacks
Bear Attacks
Bear Attacks - Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
Geology.com News
geology news
Geology.com News contains news about geology and earth science from around the world.
Arctic Seafloor Map
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map - The ridges, basins, shelves and rifts defining the Arctic seafloor.
Roadside Geology
Roadside Geology Guides
Nevada and Mississippi - Brand new Roadside Geology guides for NV and MS.
Gem Silica
Gem Silica
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Rock and Mineral Kits
Rock Kits
Rock & Mineral Kits The best way to learn about rocks and minerals is with specimens!
Quartzite
quartzite
Quartzite is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
Rocks
Rocks
Rocks - Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
Largest Volcanoes
Largest Volcanoes
Largest Volcano - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Soapstone
Soapstone
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Diamonds
Canada is one of the world*s leading producers of gem-quality diamonds.
Wall Maps
Wall Maps
Wall Maps - Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
June 6, 1912
Novarupta
June 6, 1912 - The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Uses of Gold
Uses of Gold
The Many Uses of Gold - Unique properties make gold one of the most useful metals.
Mineraloids
Mineraloids
Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
San Andreas Fault Map
San Andreas Fault Map
Google Map of the San Andreas Fault - Zoom in to see the fault trace on satellite images.
Google Earth - Free
Download Google Earth Free
Free Google Earth software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
Watch out for Ticks!
Ticks
Ticks are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
Geodes
Geodes
Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
Salt Domes
Salt Domes
Salt Domes - Salt structures that are often associated with oil and natural gas accumulations.
Eagle Ford Shale
Eagle Ford Shale
Eagle Ford Shale - One of the most prolific oil and gas producers in the United States.
Land Below Sea Level
Land Below Sea Level
Land Below Sea Level - Did you know that dozens of land locations are below sea level?
Ruby and Sapphire
ruby and sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds - The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
Sea Level Rise Maps
Sea Level Rise Maps
Sea Level Rise Maps - See what will be flooded as sea level rises.
Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal Drilling has opened new resources and significantly improved productivity.
Ethiopian Opal
Ethiopian opal
Ethiopian Opal - The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
Hand Lens
Hand Lens
Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
Azurite Granite
K2 Granite
Azurite Granite ? A white granite with blue orbs of azurite. A new material from Pakistan.
Sunstone
Sunstone
Sunstone - A gem feldspar with aventurescence caused by light reflecting from platy inclusions.
Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps - A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser? Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
Hardness Picks
hardness picks
Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners Insurance usually does not cover the most common geologic hazards.
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.
What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers? Learn how glaciers form, flow, advance, retreat, and change over time.
Diamond Producers
Diamond Production
Diamond Production leaders include: Botswana, Russia, Angola and Canada.
Misconception
Diamonds from Coal
Diamond Misconception - Many people think that diamonds form from coal. Not True!
Gold Pans
Gold Pans
Gold Pans and Panning Kits - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Learn how to pan for Gold.
Tanzanite
tanzanite
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Geology Tools
Geology Tools
Geology Tools Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
UV Mineral Lamp
UV Mineral Lamp
Portable UV Lamp - Short and long wave UV for fluorescent mineral viewing.
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
Meteorites
Meteorites
Meteorites - Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
Rhyolite
Rhyolite
Rhyolite An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
The Brewery Rock ?
diatomite
The Rock Used to Make Beer - Geologists are beer experts and should know about this rock.
Asteroid Impact Map
Asteroid Impact Map
Asteroid Impact Map - Explore fifty of the most obvious asteroid impact craters on Earth.
Great Rift Valley
Great Rift Valley
The East Africa Rift System - The extensive fault system that is tearing Africa apart.
Bear Map
Bear Map
Range of Bear Species - Where you might encounter different types of bears.
Rhodonite
Rhodonite
Rhodonite - a manganese silicate used as a minor ore of manganese and as a gemstone.
Expansive Soil
Expansive Soil
Expansive Soil causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
What is Geology?
What is Geology?
What is Geology? The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
Diamonds
Diamonds
Diamonds - Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses, and diamond discoveries.
Volcanic Explosivity
Volcanic Explosivity
Volcanic Explosivity - Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
Obsidian
Obsidian
Obsidian - the volcanic rock that cools so quickly that it becomes a natural glass.
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands is a cave where ancient people painted hands about 9000 years ago.
Herkimer Diamonds
Herkimer Diamonds
Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Tourmaline
Tourmaline
Tourmaline - the most colorful mineral and natural gem material on Earth.
Olivine
Olivine
Olivine - Abundant in Earth*s mantle. A constituent of meteorites. The gem peridot.
Labradorite
Labradorite
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-color.
Dowsing
dowsing
Dowsing is a method used to find underground water that is rejected by most geologists.
Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite - a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise - A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines - Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho? The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is the mantle/crust boundary.
Minerals
Minerals
Minerals - Descriptions, photos, articles, properties and uses for common minerals.
Sand
Sand
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Lightning Strikes Map
Lightning Strikes Map
Lightning Strikes Map by NASA shows the worldwide distribution of lightning activity.
100+ Gemstones
colored stones
100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Mount Cleveland
Mount Cleveland
Mount Cleveland is an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands and a threat to air traffic.
Kyanite
kyanite
Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral used to make porcelain, abrasive products and gems.
Emerald
Emerald
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks Mystery - What causes these rocks to slide across a playa in Death Valley?
Teacher Resources
Teacher Resources
Teacher Resources - K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
Field Courses
Field Camps
Field Courses - Over 80 field courses for undergraduate geology students.
Shale
Shale
Shale - The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
Uses of Marble
Uses of Marble
The Uses of Marble are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Granite
Granite
Granite - The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
Corundum
Corundum
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Gems from Space
Gems from Space
Extraterrestrial Gems - A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets - tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Hematite
Hematite on Mars
Hematite - The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
Mineral Hardness
Mohs Hardness Test
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
Tallest Tsunami
Tallest Tsunami
Tallest Tsunami - A wave with a run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Coal Close Up
Coal Through a Microscope
Coal Through a Microscope - Coal is more than a black rock. It is THE most interesting rock.
Ammolite
Ammolite
Ammolite is a fossil and a gemstone. It is shell material from fossil ammonites.
Garnet
Garnet
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
Facts About Copper
Copper
Facts About Copper - Information about copper uses, production, resources and more.
Rocks on Mars
Rocks on Mars
Rocks on Mars - Many of the rocks found on Mars are not very different from Earth rocks.
The Acid Test
The Acid Test
The Acid Test - Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
Rock Art
Rock Art
Rock Art - People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
Volcanoes
Volcanoes
Volcanoes - Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
USA Landslide Map
Landslides
Landslide Incidence Map - A USGS map showing landslide incidence in the United States.
Rock Tumblers
Rock Tumblers
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Mount Etna
Mount Etna
Mount Etna - The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
Tallest Mountain
Tallest Mountain
Tallest Mountain - Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earths - Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
Life on Europa?
Life on Europa
Life on Europa could exist in a salty ocean deep below its frozen surface.
Blue Flames
Blue Flames
Blue Flames and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when dissolved material precipitates and replaces wood.
Zircon
Zircon
Zircon is the primary ore of zirconium and a gemstone that is available in many colors.
Geology of Helium
Helium
Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in MRI.
Crushed Stone
Crushed Stone
Crushed Stone - About four tons per person is used each year in the United States.
Oil Fields from Space
natural gas flaring
Oil Fields from Space - Night views of Earth show the distribution of oil field activity.
Azurite
Azurite
Azurite - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
Types Of Eruptions
Types Of Eruptions
Types of Volcanic Eruptions - A description of the most common eruption types.
Fire Opal
Fire Opal
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius - geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
Mineral Rights
Mineral Rights
Mineral Rights - Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
Peridotite
Peridotite
Peridotite is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
Antarctic Meteorites
hunting meteorites in Antarctica
The Richest Meteorite Field - More meteorites found here than anywhere else on Earth.
Huge Diamond Deposit
Popigai Diamonds
The Largest Diamond Deposit in the world could be under Popigai Crater in Russia.
Record Lightning
Lake Maracaibo Lightning
World Record Lightning - this lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
Fee Mining Sites
Fee Mining
Fee Mining sites are mines that you can enter, pay a fee, and keep anything that you find.
Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing increases well yield by fracturing the reservoir rock with fluid injection.
Pavlof Volcano
Pavlof Volcano
Pavlof Volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in North America and a threat to air traffic.
Frac Sand
Frac Sand
Frac Sand - A specialty sand used to maintain porosity in hydraulic fracturing.
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics - Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.
Opals
Opal
Pictures of Opal - A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake ever recorded - Magnitude 9.5. Chile, 1960.
Fossils
Fossils
Fossils - Learn about fossils and discoveries around the world.
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas - Articles about oil and natural gas in the US and around the world.