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About Geology.com

What is Geology.com?

Geology.com is one of the internet’s leading websites for earth science news and information. Every day thousands of people visit Geology.com to read about rocks, minerals, oil and gas, geologic hazards, gemstones, meteorites, and many other topics. Geology.com also connects visitors to earth science news and content on other websites with a news page that is updated daily.

Geology.com visitor countries

Where Do Our Visitors Come From? About 2/3 of Geology.com's visitors are from the United States. About 1/3 are from other countries in all parts of the world. Many students in countries where science textbooks are difficult to obtain use Geology.com as their online earth science resource. The top 20 countries with visitors coming to Geology.com during fall, 2016 were The United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, The Philippines, Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, France, Ireland, Germany, Bangladesh, Singapore, Spain, Mexico, and Italy.

Who Visits Geology.com?

Most of the people who visit Geology.com arrive through a search engine after querying a topic that is featured in one of our articles. Some of these visitors are geologists, a larger number are students, but most are people who were simply curious about a topic, went to a search engine, and encountered our article. A few of the most popular articles on our site are about limestone, granite, Mohs hardness scale, fluorescent minerals, and tanzanite.

Another group of visitors come directly to our site to check our news page that is updated several times per day. Many also arrive to use resources that they are familiar with from previous visits.

About one-third of our visitors are located outside of the United States. Many live in countries where access to geology textbooks is limited because of cost or language of publication. Websites are often their primary source of basic geological information.

Who Runs Geology.com?

Geology.com is operated by a staff of four people. We write most of the articles, post daily news, take most of the photos, prepare most of the graphics, tend a server that transfers terabytes of data each month, and do the work needed to run the Geology.com store.

We acquired the Geology.com domain from a petroleum consulting company in 2005. Since then we have produced the content that you see today. Our staff members are:

Hobart King (Ph.D. and M.S. in Geology from West Virginia University; B.S. in Geology, from California University of Pennsylvania; Registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) writes most of the articles and compiles the daily news. He has written some of the internet's most widely read articles on rocks, gems, and minerals.

Bradley Cole (B.S. in Mapping Technology with over 20 credits of geology from Mansfield University) serves as webmaster, photographer, and graphic artist. He has produced most of the maps and photos that appear on Geology.com.

Angela King (B.F.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; A.J.P. from the Gemological Institute of America) serves as webmaster, editor, and graphic artist. She has produced most of the world country maps that appear on Geology.com and many of the graphics.

Laura Rittenhouse is an e-commerce professional with over a decade of experience. She serves customers who make purchases through the Geology.com store and our retail websites at WaterproofPaper.com and RockTumbler.com.

A number of guest authors with expertise in specific areas have contributed articles to the website. They are acknowledged on the pages where their articles appear.

Who Sponsors Geology.com?

Geology.com is not financed by companies, special interest groups, or contributions from anyone. It is financed by advertising revenue, the same as most newspapers and their websites. We also make a small profit from items sold in the Geology.com store.

We do not sell ads directly to anyone. The ads that appear on our website are purchased by advertisers through the Google Adwords program and the Exponential ad network. These ads are then transmitted directly to our website by Google and Exponential. This allows us to spend our time creating content for our visitors. Allowing others to take care of the ads allows us to spend more time on what we do well and provides separation between the content that we write and our sources of advertising revenue.

If you see an ad on Geology.com, that does not mean that we endorse the company or have any direct relationship with them. We have little control of the ads, but we do block ads that we believe are inappropriate for our audience or that are annoying. As an example, we use filtering provided by Google to keep ads related to gambling and a few other topics from appearing on the website.

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