100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
||What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Mount Vesuvius - geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
|USA Landslide Map
Landslide Incidence Map - A USGS map showing landslide incidence in the United States.
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
||UV Mineral Lamp
Portable UV Lamp - short / long wave for fluorescent minerals. Safety glasses included.
Blue Flames and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Deepest Lake in the World Lake Baikal in southern Russia is the deepest lake in the World.
Sunstone - A gem feldspar with aventurescence caused by light reflecting from platy inclusions.
Diamonds - Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses and diamond discoveries.
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
Wall Maps - Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
Mount Etna - The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
|Rocks on Mars
Rocks on Mars - Many of the rocks found on Mars are not very different from Earth rocks.
Volcanic Explosivity - Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
|Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds - The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
||Uses of Marble
The Uses of Marble are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Pavlof Volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in North America and threat to air traffic.
Frac Sand - A specialty sand used to maintain porosity in hydraulic fracturing.
Red Beryl is one of the rarest gems. Small amounts are mined at one locality in Utah.
Canadian Diamond Mines produce some of the largest and highest quality gems!
Rock Bags - Durable field bags with pockets for carrying maps, books, specimens and tools.
||What is LNG?
What is LNG? The use of LNG as an energy source is growing rapidly. Learn more about LNG.
||Uses of Gold
The Many Uses of Gold - Unique properties make gold one of the most useful metals.
World Record Lightning - this lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
Mineral Rights Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
||What Are Minerals?
Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day.
|Huge Diamond Deposit
The Largest Diamond Deposit in the world could be under Popigai Crater in Russia.
Methane Hydrate deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.
Rhodonite - a manganese silicate used as a minor ore of manganese and as a gemstone.
Tallest Mountain - Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Rock Art - People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when dissolved material preciptates and replaces wood.
||Help K-12 Teachers
DonorsChoose.org allows you to support science projects proposed by K-12 teachers.
||Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Rock Kits for classroom and personal study. A great way to learn about rocks.
Range of Bear Species - Where you might encounter different types of bears.
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Diamond Production leaders include: Botswana, Russia, Angola and Canada.
||Coal Close Up
Coal Through a Microscope - Coal is more than a black rock. It is THE most interesting rock.
||Arctic Seafloor Map
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map The ridges, basins, shelves and rifts defining the Arctic seafloor.
|The Acid Test
The Acid Test - Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
||Fireworks & Minerals
The Science of Fireworks Learn how the colors and shapes are created.
Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral used to make porcelain, abrasive products and gems.
|Google Earth - Free
Free Google Earth software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
The Richest Meteorite Field - More meteorites found here than anywhere else on Earth.
||Types Of Eruptions
Types of Volcanic Eruptions - A description of the most common eruption types.
Olivine Rain? Spitzer Telescope discovered a rain of olivine crystals on protostar HOPS-68.
||Geology of Helium
Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in MRI.
Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
|Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earths - Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
||The Brewery Rock ?
The Rock Used to Make Beer - Geologists are beer experts and should know about this rock.
Geology Tools - Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
|Geology of Gems
Geology of Gems - The first comprehensive book on the geology of gem deposits.
Largest Volcano - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
|Gems from Space
Extraterrestrial Gems - A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
||Asteroid Impact Map
Asteroid Impact Map - Explore fifty of the most obvious asteroid impact craters on Earth.
|Sea Level Rise Maps
Sea Level Rise Maps - See what will be flooded as sea level rises.
Rocks - Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
Homeowners Insurance usually does not cover the most common geologic hazards.
Volcanoes - Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Chatoyant Gems look like the eye of a cat. A line of light moves across the surface of the stone.
||June 6, 1912
June 6, 1912 - The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Salt Domes - Salt structures that are often associated with oil and natural gas.
||Land Below Sea Level
Land Below Sea Level - Did you know that dozens of land locations are below sea level?
||What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser? Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
Horizontal Drilling has opened new resources and significantly improved productivity.
Rhyolite An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
||What is a Maar?
What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
|Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets are tiny garnets that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Gold Pans and Panning Kits - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Pans sized for kids to Goliath.
Gemstones - Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
|Oil Fields from Space
Oil Fields from Space - Night views of Earth show the distribution of oil field activity.
||What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho? Learn about the Mohorovicic Discontinuity - the mantle/crust boundary.
||Watch out for Ticks!
Ticks are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
|San Andreas Fault Map
Google Map of the San Andreas Fault Zoom in to see the fault trace on satellite images.
Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Hematite - The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
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.
Turquoise - A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
|San Andreas Fault
The San Andreas Fault - A feature that separates the Pacific and North American Plates.
Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
Azurite - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
Dowsing is a method used to find underground water that is rejected by most geologists.
||What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers? Learn how glaciers form, flow, advance, retreat, and change over time.
Crushed Stone - About four tons per person is used each year in the United States.
California Earthquake Maps A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.
||Facts About Copper
Facts About Copper - Information about copper uses, production, resources and more.
||Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands is a cave where ancient people painted hands about 9000 years ago.
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Expansive Soil Causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
Tallest Tsunami - A wave with a run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Azurite Granite ? A white granite with blue orbs of azurite. A new material from Pakistan.
||Great Rift Valley
The East Africa Rift System - The extensive fault system that is tearing Africa apart.
Bear Attacks - Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
Shale - The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
Teacher Resources - K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
Diamond Misconception - Lots of people think that diamonds form from coal. Not True!
Granite - The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
Meteorites - Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
||What is Geology?
What is Geology? - The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
|Lightning Strikes Map
Lightning Strikes Map - A NASA map showing the worldwide distribution of lightning activity.
||US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines - Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Quartzite is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
Hydraulic Fracturing - Increases well yield by fracturing the reservoir rock with fluid injection.
Abandoned Mine accidents take 20 to 30 lives per year. Many can be prevented with education.
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-colors
Peridotite is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Gfeller Leather field cases, hammer holsters, lanyards, field belts, acid bottle cases, more.
Mount Cleveland is an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands and a threat to air traffic.
Plate Tectonics - Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.
||Fee Mining Sites
Fee Mining sites are mines that you can enter, pay a fee, and keep anything that you find.
Pictures of Opal - A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
|Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas - Articles about oil and natural gas in the US and around the world.
Fossils - Learn about fossils and discoveries around the world.
Largest Earthquake ever recorded - Magnitude 9.5. Chile, 1960.