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What Geologists Do
What Does a Geologist Do?
What Does a Geologist Do? Information and two videos about the relevance of geology today.
Geologic Time Scale
Geologic Time Scale
Divisions of Geologic Time USGS periodically revises rock unit names and age estimates.
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics Articles, theory, plate diagrams, plate maps and teaching ideas.
What Are Minerals?
What Are Minerals?
Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day.
Gold Panning Kits
Gold Pans
Gold Pans and Panning Kits - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Learn how to pan for gold!
Rocks
Rocks
Rocks Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Geology Tools
Geology Tools
Geology Tools - Hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
Maps Of Pangaea
Pangaea Maps
Pangaea Maps A sequence of maps shows how a large supercontinent fragmented.
Dowsing
dowsing
Dowsing is a method used to find underground water that is rejected by most geologists.
What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers? Learn how glaciers form, flow, advance, retreat, and change over time.
Volcanos
Volcanos
Volcanos Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Gold History and Uses
Gold History and Uses
Gold A history of gold uses, mining and prospecting over thousands of years.
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks - How these rocks slide across a dry lake bed is a mystery.
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
San Andreas Fault
What is the San Andreas Fault?
What is the San Andreas Fault? Map, photos and description of the fault.
Landslides
Landslides
Landslides A USGS fact sheet about landslides and events that trigger them.
Bear Attacks
Bear Attacks
Bear Attacks Knowing how to react to a bear encounter and attack could save your life.
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements
REEs Special metals used in cell phones, DVDs, batteries, magnets & many other products.
Great Rift Valley
Great Rift Valley
The East Africa Rift System Learn about the complex East Africa Rift Valley system.
Grand Canyon
How Old is the Grand Canyon?
How Old is the Grand Canyon? Wayne Ranney explores the Canyon*s age.
Homeowner Insurance
Homeowner\'s Insurance and Geologic Hazards
Homeowners Insurance and Geologic Hazards Most policies do not cover geologic hazards.
Roadside Geology
Roadside Geology
Roadside Geology Guides Explain the Geology of your state as seen from the road.
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser? Photos of geysers from around the world. Causes, height and more.
Salt Glaciers
Salt Glaciers
Salt Glaciers are masses of salt that flow downslope under their own weight.
Rock Glaciers
Rock Glaciers
Rock Glaciers - Masses of ice, snow, rock, mud and water that slowly flow down slope.
Bottled Water
Bottled Water
The Geology of Bottled Water It costs 1000x as much as tap water. What are you getting?
Diamonds from Coal?
Diamonds from Coal?
Diamonds from Coal? They form under several conditions that rarely involve coal.
Salt Domes
Salt Domes
Salt Domes - Salt structures that are often associated with oil and natural gas.
Air Bubbles in Amber
Air Bubbles in Amber
Bubbles in Amber Cretaceous oxygen levels determed from air bubbles trapped in amber.
Green River Fossils
Green River Fossils
Spectacular Fossils of the Green River Formation. Some of the world\'s best fossil fish.
Cell Phone Photos
macro lens photos
Take Great Cell Phone Photos - Low-cost, easy-to-use lenses will improve your photos.
Stream Gaging
Stream Gaging
Stream Gaging Stations Used by hydrologists to monitor streams or other water bodies.
Selenga River
Selenga River
The Selenga River delivers most of the water to Lake Baikal, the largest lake in the world.
Yosemite Glaciers
Yosemite Glaciers
Yosemite Glaciers There are two active glaciers in Yosemite - both slowly melting away.
Yosemite Rock Fall
Yosemite Rock Fall Photos
Yosemite Rock Fall Photos A photo sequence of a rockfall and debris avalanche by Herb Dunn.
Troglobites
Troglobites
Troglobites are creatures that have adapted to a permanent life in the darkness of a cave.
What is a Hydrograph?
What is a Hydrograph?
What is a Hydrograph? Charts that display the change of a hydrologic variable over time.
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.