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The Acid Test
October 23, 2013 | Geology.com

The Acid Test: Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals and detect their presence in rocks.


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Mineral Hardness Picks
April 10, 2014 | Geology.com Store
Mineral hardness picks are pencil-like tools that have points made from materials that match the hardness of minerals in the Mohs Hardness Scale. With them you can easily test the hardness of mineral grains in a rock and test the hardness of small-size specimens. In our opinion they are easier to use than pieces of minerals and allow you to obtain more accurate results. They also do not contaminate your specimen with particles of the hardness mineral.

Rock and Mineral Projects at DonorsChoose.org
December 3, 2013 | DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is a website where K-12 teachers post projects that they would like to have funded and anyone anywhere can provide support. Many of these teachers would like to have materials to help them teach about rocks and minerals. Here are three projects that might appeal to you. Rocks for 6th grade science Fluorescent rocks and minerals Middle school rock identification

Clay Minerals and a Collision with Europa?
December 15, 2013 | NASA
"A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or comet. This is the first time such minerals have been detected on Europa's surface. The types of space rocks that deliver such minerals typically also often carry organic materials." Related: Life on Europa?


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