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Where Are the Canary Islands? Off the northwest coast of Africa, 60 miles west of Morocco.
Phytoplankton Blooms are caused by an explosive growth rate of plankton in surface waters.
Bear Attacks - Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
What Is Luster? Luster is the light-reflecting characteristics of a mineral specimen.
Zircon is the primary ore of zirconium and a gemstone that is available in many colors.
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Crystal Habit is the external shape displayed by a crystal or an aggregate of crystals.
Hardness Picks - Test for hardness with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
Rocks - Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
Coquina - A porous limestone composed almost entirely of fossil debris.
Largest Hurricanes Are they determined by wind speed, value of damage, most deaths?
Mount Etna - The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
Volcanic Explosivity - Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
The Acid Test
The Acid Test - Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Rock and Mineral Kits
Rock & Mineral Kits The best way to learn about rocks and minerals is with specimens!
World Record Lightning - this lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Blue Flames and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Types of Maps
Types of Maps - Explore some of the most popular types of maps that have been made.
Teacher Resources - K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
Largest Earthquake ever recorded - Magnitude 9.5. Chile, 1960.
Tallest Tsunami - A wave with a run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Solar System Volcanoes - Earth is not the only location of volcanic activity.
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Mars Meteorites Mars rovers have found dozens of meteorites while exploring the red planet.
Cinnabar - the only important ore of mercury. Used in pigments until its toxicity was realized.
San Andreas Fault
What is the San Andreas Fault? Map, photos and description of the fault.
Utica Shale is a major source of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in PA, OH and WV.
Geology Tools Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.
Fool*s Gold is a name used for pyrite when its brassy color fools people looking for gold.
Pictures of Opal - A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
Morganite is an orange to pink gemstone, a variety of beryl, that is growing rapidly in popularity.
US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines - Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
Minerals - Descriptions, photos, articles, properties and uses for common minerals.
Watch out for Ticks!
Ticks are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
Obsidian - the volcanic rock that cools so quickly that it becomes a natural glass.
Mined in America - Small mines in the United States produce a diversity of beautiful gemstones.
Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
Google Earth - Free
Free Google Earth software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
Hawaii*s Next Island could be growing in the Pacific Ocean right now. Its name is Lo*ihi.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
Charoite is a purple silicate mineral, found only in Russia, used as a gem material.
Copper vs COVID-19
Copper Kills COVID-19 and many other pathogens to limit the spread of disease.
California Earthquake Maps - A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.
Fireworks & Minerals
The Science of Fireworks Learn how the colors and shapes are created.
Rhodochrosite - a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Range of Bear Species - Where you might encounter different types of bears.
Greatest Ocean Depth
Deepest Point in the Ocean The deepest point in the ocean is in the Mariana Trench.
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-color.
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Uses of Gold
The Many Uses of Gold - Unique properties make gold one of the most useful metals.
Methane Hydrate deposits contain more fuel value than all other fossil fuels combined.
Wall Maps - Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
June 6th 1912
Novarupta - The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century occurred in the U.S.A.
How Are Hurricanes Named? There is a plan for naming tropical storms.
Birthstones are gems assigned to the month of a person*s birth. They are popular gifts in the U.S.
Colored Diamonds are diamonds with a noticeable body color. They can sell for over $1M/carat.
What is Geology?
What is Geology? The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
The Brewery Rock ?
The Rock Used to Make Beer - Geologists are beer experts and should know about this rock.
Shale - The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
Azurite - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
Granite - The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
Diamonds - Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses, and diamond discoveries.
Ethiopian Opal - The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
Diamond Misconception - Many people think that diamonds form from coal. Not True!
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
What Is Earth Science?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Geology Books - A variety of books for reference, field trips, reading and more.
What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho? The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is the mantle/crust boundary.
Great Rift Valley
The East Africa Rift System - The extensive fault system that is tearing Africa apart.
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when silica replaces and infills the cavities of wood.
Gemstones - Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
Quartzite is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
Topo Maps - The DeLorme Atlas is an entire state of topo maps in one convenient book.
Plate Tectonics - Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.
Grape Agate is a popular mineral specimen with the color and the shape of a bunch of grapes.
Gold Pans and Panning Kits - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Learn how to pan for Gold.
Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets - tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Expansive Soil causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
UV Mineral Lamp
Portable UV Lamp - Short and long wave UV for fluorescent mineral viewing.
Sliding Rocks Mystery - What causes these rocks to slide across a playa in Death Valley?
Rhyolite An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
Tallest Mountain - Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Meteorites - Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Rock Art - People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
Types Of Eruptions
Types of Volcanic Eruptions - A description of the most common eruption types.
Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
Waterproof Paper - Don't take chances with your field notes and maps. Use waterproof paper.
Gems from Space
Extraterrestrial Gems - A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Citrine is the transparent variety of quartz with a yellow to orange to reddish color.
Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds - The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
Field Courses - Over 80 field courses for undergraduate geology students.
World*s Largest Diamonds Records for the largest rough, faceted and carbonado diamond.
Ilmenite - The primary ore of titanium and source of most titanium dioxide.
Storm Surge can be the most damaging and deadly aspect of a hurricane.
Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Turquoise - A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
Rocks on Mars
Rocks on Mars Many of the rocks found on Mars are not very different from Earth rocks.
Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands is a cave where ancient people painted hands about 9000 years ago.
Rock Salt is a sedimentary rock composed of the mineral halite. It has many uses!
10 Gemmy Facts About Spinel - Is spinel the world*s most overlooked gem?
Hematite - The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
Don*t Go To Jail
Know the Rules before removing rocks, fossils or minerals from public or private property.
Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earths - Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Chalk is a variety of limestone formed from fine-grained marine sediment known as ooze.
What is a Geyser?
What is a Geyser? Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
Tourmaline - an extremely colorful mineral and gem material.
Debris Flows are moving masses of loose mud, sand, soil, rock and water.
Volcanoes - Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Lightning Strikes Map
Lightning Strikes Map by NASA shows the worldwide distribution of lightning activity.
100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Hawaiian Hot Spot
How did the Hawaiian Islands Form? The power of a moving plate over a stationary hot spot.
Peridotite is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
What is a Maar?
What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
Olivine - Abundant in Earth*s mantle. A constituent of meteorites. The gem peridot.
Coal Close Up
Coal Through a Microscope - Coal is more than a black rock. It is THE most interesting rock.
Mineral Rights - Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
Cinder Cones are the smallest, simplest, and most common type of volcano.
Horizontal Drilling has opened new resources and significantly improved productivity.
The Unsung Mineral Hero - and the commodity upon which almost everything is built.
Uses of Talc
Talc is a soft mineral used in cosmetics, paper, paint, ceramics and many other products.
Gifts That Rock
Gifts That Rock - What are the most popular gift items in the Geology.com store?
The British Isles
Names Used for Great Britain, British Isles, United Kingdom, and Ireland. What they mean.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world - it is 3212 feet tall.
Homeowners Insurance might not cover earthquake, hurricane and other geohazard damage.
Largest Volcano - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
Uses of Marble
The Uses of Marble are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Mount Vesuvius - geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
Pyroxene Minerals are a group of chain silicate minerals found in igneous and metamorphic rocks.