Geology and Earth Science News and Information



Shale
Shale
Shale - The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
Rock Art
Rock Art
Rock Art - People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
Kilauea Eruption
Kilauea Eruption
Kilaeua Lava Hits Kapoho Bay after traveling down stream channels from Fissure 8.
Geology Books
Geology Books
Geology Books - A variety of books for reference, field trips, reading and more.
Azurite
Azurite
Azurite - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
Geology.com News
geology news
Geology.com News contains news about geology and earth science from around the world.
Tanzanite
tanzanite
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Expansive Soil
Expansive Soil
Expansive Soil causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
Misconception
Diamonds from Coal
Diamond Misconception - Many people think that diamonds form from coal. Not True!
Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Diamond Mines produce some of the largest and highest quality diamonds!
Largest Volcanoes
Largest Volcanoes
Largest Volcano - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise - A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
Wall Maps
Wall Maps
Wall Maps - Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
Hurricane Names
Hurricane Names
How Are Hurricanes Named? There is a plan for naming tropical storms.
Olivine
Olivine
Olivine - Abundant in Earth*s mantle. A constituent of meteorites. The gem peridot.
Kyanite
kyanite
Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral used to make porcelain, abrasive products and gems.
Gemstones
Gemstones
Gemstones - Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
Lightning Strikes Map
Lightning Strikes Map
Lightning Strikes Map by NASA shows the worldwide distribution of lightning activity.
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands is a cave where ancient people painted hands about 9000 years ago.
Gold Pans
Gold Pans
Gold Pans and Panning Kits - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Learn how to pan for Gold.
Lo'ihi Seamount
Lo'ihi Seamount
The Next Hawaiian Island could be growing in the Pacific Ocean right now. Its name is Lo'ihi.
Hawaiian Hot Spot
Hawaiian Hot Spot
How did the Hawaiian Islands Form? The power of a moving plate over a stationary hot spot.
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when silica replaces and infills the cavities of wood.
Mount Cleveland
Mount Cleveland
Mount Cleveland is an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands and a threat to air traffic.
Emerald
Emerald
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
Tallest Geyser
Tallest Geyser
Steamboat Geyser - The world*s tallest geyser has erupted three times this year.
Facts About Copper
Copper
Facts About Copper - Information about copper uses, production, resources and more.
Bear Map
Bear Map
Range of Bear Species - Where you might encounter different types of bears.
DeLorme Atlas
DeLorme Atlas
Topo Maps - The DeLorme Atlas is an entire state of topo maps in one convenient book.
Crushed Stone
Crushed Stone
Crushed Stone - About four tons per person is used each year in the United States.
Sand
Sand
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
The Brewery Rock ?
diatomite
The Rock Used to Make Beer - Geologists are beer experts and should know about this rock.
Watch out for Ticks!
Ticks
Ticks are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
Rocks
Rocks
Rocks - Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
Mineral Rights
Mineral Rights
Mineral Rights - Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
Uses of Marble
Uses of Marble
The Uses of Marble are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Obsidian
Obsidian
Obsidian - the volcanic rock that cools so quickly that it becomes a natural glass.
Don*t Go To Jail
Don't Go To Jail
Know the Rules before removing rocks, fossils or minerals from public or private property.
Peridotite
Peridotite
Peridotite is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
Waterproof Paper
Waterproof Paper
Waterproof Paper - Don't take chances with your field notes and maps. Use waterproof paper.
Geology Tools
Geology Tools
Geology Tools Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
Google Earth - Free
Download Google Earth Free
Free Google Earth software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
Minerals
Minerals
Minerals - Descriptions, photos, articles, properties and uses for common minerals.
Hardness Picks
hardness picks
Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho? The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is the mantle/crust boundary.
Garnet
Garnet
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Hand Lens
Hand Lens
Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
Bear Attacks
Bear Attacks
Bear Attacks - Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius - geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
Blue Flames
Blue Flames
Blue Flames and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Green Diamonds
Green Diamonds
Green Diamonds - one of rarest and most valuable diamond colors.
Granite
Granite
Granite - The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners Insurance usually does not cover the most common geologic hazards.
Geodes
Geodes
Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing increases well yield by fracturing the reservoir rock with fluid injection.
Meteorites
Meteorites
Meteorites - Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
Types Of Eruptions
Types Of Eruptions
Types of Volcanic Eruptions - A description of the most common eruption types.
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
Zircon
Zircon
Zircon is the primary ore of zirconium and a gemstone that is available in many colors.
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Rock and Mineral Kits
Rock Kits
Rock & Mineral Kits The best way to learn about rocks and minerals is with specimens!
Ammolite
Ammolite
Ammolite is a fossil and a gemstone. It is shell material from fossil ammonites.
Quartzite
quartzite
Quartzite is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
What is Geology?
What is Geology?
What is Geology? The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds - The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
Great Rift Valley
Great Rift Valley
The East Africa Rift System - The extensive fault system that is tearing Africa apart.
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets - tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Volcanoes
Volcanoes
Volcanoes - Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Tallest Tsunami
Tallest Tsunami
Tallest Tsunami - A wave with a run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Gem Silica
Gem Silica
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Teacher Resources
Teacher Resources
Teacher Resources - K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
100+ Gemstones
colored stones
100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Oil Fields from Space
natural gas flaring
Oil Fields from Space - Night views of Earth show the distribution of oil field activity.
The Acid Test
The Acid Test
The Acid Test - Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Dangerous Mines
Abandoned Mine Accidents
Abandoned Mine Accidents kill several people every year. Education can prevent deaths.
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake ever recorded - Magnitude 9.5. Chile, 1960.
Ilmenite
Ilmenite
Ilmenite - The primary ore of titanium and source of most titanium dioxide.
Field Courses
Field Camps
Field Courses - Over 80 field courses for undergraduate geology students.
Rock Tumblers
Rock Tumblers
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Asteroid Impact Map
Asteroid Impact Map
Asteroid Impact Map - Explore fifty of the most obvious asteroid impact craters on Earth.
UV Mineral Lamp
UV Mineral Lamp
Portable UV Lamp - Short and long wave UV for fluorescent mineral viewing.
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks
Sliding Rocks Mystery - What causes these rocks to slide across a playa in Death Valley?
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earths - Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
Spectacular Diamonds
Spectacular Diamonds
Spectacular Diamonds have an exceptional size, color, clarity, crystal form or other property.
Volcanic Explosivity
Volcanic Explosivity
Volcanic Explosivity - Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
Mount Etna
Mount Etna
Mount Etna - The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines - Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser? Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
Coal Close Up
Coal Through a Microscope
Coal Through a Microscope - Coal is more than a black rock. It is THE most interesting rock.
Uses of Talc
uses of talc
Talc is a soft mineral used in cosmetics, paper, paint, ceramics and many other products.
Gems from Space
Gems from Space
Extraterrestrial Gems - A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Dowsing
dowsing
Dowsing is a method used to find underground water that is rejected by most geologists.
Largest Hurricanes
Largest Hurricanes
Largest Hurricanes Are they determined by wind speed, value of damage, most deaths?
Diamonds
Diamonds
Diamonds - Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses, and diamond discoveries.
Landslides
Landslides
Landslides A USGS fact sheet about landslides and events that trigger them.
Soapstone
Soapstone
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
Tallest Mountain
Tallest Mountain
Tallest Mountain - Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Moldavite
moldavite
Moldavite is a gem material born about 15 million years ago when a pair of asteroids struck Europe.
Labradorite
Labradorite
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-color.
Rhodonite
Rhodonite
Rhodonite - a manganese silicate used as a minor ore of manganese and as a gemstone.
Ruby and Sapphire
ruby and sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Mineral Hardness
Mohs Hardness Test
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
Fire Opal
Fire Opal
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
What is LNG?
What is LNG?
What is LNG? The use of LNG as an energy source is growing rapidly. Learn more about LNG.
Record Lightning
Lake Maracaibo Lightning
World Record Lightning - this lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
Diamond Producers
Diamond Production
Diamond Production leaders include: Botswana, Russia, Angola and Canada.
June 6, 1912
Novarupta
June 6, 1912 - The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite - a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Herkimer Diamonds
Herkimer Diamonds
Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Debris Flows
Debris Flows
Debris Flows are moving masses of loose mud, sand, soil, rock and water.
Frac Sand
Frac Sand
Frac Sand - A specialty sand used to maintain porosity in hydraulic fracturing.
Rhyolite
Rhyolite
Rhyolite An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
Troglobites
Troglobites
Troglobites are creatures that have adapted to a permanent life in the darkness of a cave.
Hematite
Hematite on Mars
Hematite - The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
Antarctic Meteorites
hunting meteorites in Antarctica
The Richest Meteorite Field - More meteorites found here than anywhere else on Earth.
Sunstone
Sunstone
Sunstone - A gem feldspar with aventurescence caused by light reflecting from platy inclusions.
Azurite Granite
K2 Granite
Azurite Granite ? A white granite with blue orbs of azurite. A new material from Pakistan.
What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers?
What are Glaciers? Learn how glaciers form, flow, advance, retreat, and change over time.
Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps - A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.
Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal Drilling has opened new resources and significantly improved productivity.
Ethiopian Opal
Ethiopian opal
Ethiopian Opal - The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
Tourmaline
Tourmaline
Tourmaline - an extremely colorful mineral and gem material.
Arctic Seafloor Map
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map - The ridges, basins, shelves and rifts defining the Arctic seafloor.
Uses of Gold
Uses of Gold
The Many Uses of Gold - Unique properties make gold one of the most useful metals.
Eagle Ford Shale
Eagle Ford Shale
Eagle Ford Shale - One of the most prolific oil and gas producers in the United States.
Mineraloids
Mineraloids
Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate
Methane Hydrate deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.
Variscite
Variscite
Variscite is a yellowish green to bluish green mineral. It is similar to turquoise and cut as a gem.
Pavlof Volcano
Pavlof Volcano
Pavlof Volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in North America and a threat to air traffic.
Ametrine
Ametrine
Ametrine is a bicolor quartz (amethyst + citrine) and a gemstone of growing popularity.
Corundum
Corundum
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Salt Domes
Salt Domes
Salt Domes - Salt structures that are often associated with oil and natural gas accumulations.
Utica Shale
Utica Shale
Utica Shale is confirmed as a major source of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids.
Geology of Helium
Helium
Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in MRI.
Opals
Opal
Pictures of Opal - A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas - Articles about oil and natural gas in the US and around the world.
Fossils
Fossils
Fossils - Learn about fossils and discoveries around the world.
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics - Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.