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