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Gifts That Rock - What are the most popular gift items in the Geology.com store?
Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years.
Plate Tectonics - Articles and maps about plate tectonics and the interior of Earth.
Free Google Earth software allows you to browse seamless world satellite images. Free.
Meteorites - Rocks that were once parts of planets or large asteroids.
Types of Volcanic Eruptions - A description of the most common eruption types.
Gemstones - Colorful images and articles about diamonds and colored stones.
Diamonds - Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses, and diamond discoveries.
The Rock Used to Make Beer - Geologists are beer experts and should know about this rock.
Spatter Cones are small, steep, volcanic cones built of welded basaltic lava.
Copper is a metal used in coins, electronics, pipes, wiring, motors, alloys and many other products.
Volcanoes - Articles about volcanoes, volcanic hazards and eruptions past and present.
Rocks - Galleries of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock photos with descriptions.
Debris Flows are moving masses of loose mud, sand, soil, rock and water.
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
The Uses of Marble are numerous and diverse. You will be surprised by how it is used.
Andalusite is a metamorphic mineral and a strongly pleochroic gem material.
Quartzite is metamorphic rock formed when sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure.
Rare Earths - Special materials used in electronics, defense, medical & many other products.
Crater of Diamonds - The only diamond mine in the world where you can be the miner.
Extraterrestrial Gems - A number of materials from space are used as attractive gems.
Rock & Mineral Kits The best way to learn about rocks and minerals is with specimens!
Where Are the Canary Islands? Off the northwest coast of Africa, 60 miles west of Morocco.
Bear Attacks - Knowing how to react to a bear encounter or attack could save your life.
Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in MRI.
Hardness Picks - Test for hardness with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks.
Pyroxene Minerals are a group of chain silicate minerals found in igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Types of Maps - Explore some of the most popular types of maps that have been made.
What Is Luster? Luster is the light-reflecting characteristics of a mineral specimen.
Phytoplankton Blooms are caused by an explosive growth rate of plankton in surface waters.
Minerals - Descriptions, photos, articles, properties and uses for common minerals.
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.
Zircon is the primary ore of zirconium and a gemstone that is available in many colors.
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
Obsidian - the volcanic rock that cools so quickly that it becomes a natural glass.
Largest Hurricanes Are they determined by wind speed, value of damage, most deaths?
Map of the Oceans - showing the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern Oceans.
Fool*s Gold is a name used for pyrite when its brassy color fools people looking for gold.
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Coquina - A porous limestone composed almost entirely of fossil debris.
Tallest Tsunami - A wave with a run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Blue Flames and the largest highly acidic lake in the world at Kawah Ijen Volcano.
Volcanic Explosivity - Rating volcanic eruptions based upon the volume of tephra ejected.
World Record Lightning - this lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
The Acid Test - Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
What is the San Andreas Fault? Map, photos and description of the fault.
Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler.
Pictures of Opal - A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
Mount Etna - The most active volcano in Europe continues an eruption that started in 2001.
Wall Maps - Wall maps of the world, continents, states and the USA.
Cinnabar - the only important ore of mercury. Used in pigments until its toxicity was realized.
Teacher Resources - K-12 resources for teaching about earth science.
Largest Earthquake ever recorded - Magnitude 9.5. Chile, 1960.
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that sometimes exhibits an iridescent play-of-color.
Solar System Volcanoes - Earth is not the only location of volcanic activity.
Birthstones are gems assigned to the month of a person*s birth. They are popular gifts in the U.S.
Granite - The intrusive igneous rock that underlies continents and countertops.
Utica Shale is a major source of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in PA, OH and WV.
Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
Morganite is an orange to pink gemstone, a variety of beryl, that is growing rapidly in popularity.
Mars Meteorites Mars rovers have found dozens of meteorites while exploring the red planet.
Sliding Rocks Mystery - What causes these rocks to slide across a playa in Death Valley?
Colored Diamonds are diamonds with a noticeable body color. They can sell for over $1M/carat.
Ticks are a problem for geologists in some areas. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with properties that make it suitable for a variety of projects.
Hematite - The most important ore of iron. A source of mineral pigment since prehistory.
Gold Pans and Panning Kits - classifiers, snuffer bottles. Learn how to pan for Gold.
Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
The East Africa Rift System - The extensive fault system that is tearing Africa apart.
Diamond Misconception - Many people think that diamonds form from coal. Not True!
Topo Maps - The DeLorme Atlas is an entire state of topo maps in one convenient book.
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
10 Gemmy Facts About Spinel - Is spinel the world*s most overlooked gem?
What Is The Moho? The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is the mantle/crust boundary.
Hawaii*s Next Island could be growing in the Pacific Ocean right now. Its name is Lo*ihi.
What is Geology? The study of Earth materials, structures, processes and life over time.
US Diamond Mines - Did you know that diamonds have been mined in the United States?
What Is Earth Science? The study of Earth and its neighbors in space. Learn more!
Lapis Lazuli - a metamorphic rock and the most popular blue opaque gemstone in history.
Rhodochrosite - a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Mined in America - Small mines in the United States produce a diversity of beautiful gemstones.
World*s Largest Diamonds Records for the largest rough, faceted and carbonado diamond.
How Are Hurricanes Named? There is a plan for naming tropical storms.
The Many Uses of Gold - Unique properties make gold one of the most useful metals.
Ethiopian Opal - The new opal heavyweight that might give Australia a run.
Rock Art - People have been marking on rocks for thousands of years.
Gem Silica is a blue chalcedony colored by copper. It is the rarest and most valuable chalcedony.
Range of Bear Species - Where you might encounter different types of bears.
Charoite is a purple silicate mineral, found only in Russia, used as a gem material.
Geology Books - A variety of books for reference, field trips, reading and more.
Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
The Science of Fireworks Learn how the colors and shapes are created.
Rock Salt is a sedimentary rock composed of the mineral halite. It has many uses!
Grape Agate is a popular mineral specimen with the color and the shape of a bunch of grapes.
Deepest Point in the Ocean The deepest point in the ocean is in the Mariana Trench.
Mineral Rights - Who owns the minerals under your land? Who wants to buy them?
Rocks on Mars Many of the rocks found on Mars are not very different from Earth rocks.
Ant Hill Garnets - tiny gems that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Coal Through a Microscope - Coal is more than a black rock. It is THE most interesting rock.
Rhyolite An extrusive igneous rock with a high silica content, produced from granitic magma.
Novarupta - The most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century occurred in the U.S.A.
Tourmaline - an extremely colorful mineral and gem material.
Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside but can be spectacular inside!
Shale - The rock that has quickly transformed the oil and gas industry.
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.
The Unsung Mineral Hero - and the commodity upon which almost everything is built.
California Earthquake Maps - A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.
Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Ilmenite - The primary ore of titanium and source of most titanium dioxide.
My Favorite Songs - Don't take chances with your field notes and maps. Use waterproof paper.
Field Courses - Over 80 field courses for undergraduate geology students.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world - it is 3212 feet tall.
Cave of the Hands is a cave where ancient people painted hands about 9000 years ago.
Peridotite is a chromite host rock, a source of diamonds and a possible carbon dioxide sink.
Tallest Mountain - Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Portable UV Lamp - Short and long wave UV for fluorescent mineral viewing.
Citrine is the transparent variety of quartz with a yellow to orange to reddish color.
Expansive Soil causes more damage than floods, hurricanes & tornadoes combined.
Raised on radio (1986) The power of a moving plate over a stationary hot spot.
Olivine - Abundant in Earth*s mantle. A constituent of meteorites. The gem peridot.
Talc is a soft mineral used in cosmetics, paper, paint, ceramics and many other products.
What is a Maar? The second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.
Storm Surge can be the most damaging and deadly aspect of a hurricane.
Azurite - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material.
Chalk is a variety of limestone formed from fine-grained marine sediment known as ooze.
Largest Volcano - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Turquoise - A bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
What is a Geyser? Photos and information about geysers in many parts of the world.
Names Used for Great Britain, British Isles, United Kingdom, and Ireland. What they mean.
Know the Rules before removing rocks, fossils or minerals from public or private property.
Homeowners Insurance might not cover earthquake, hurricane and other geohazard damage.
Mount Vesuvius - geology, history, maps, facts and more about the Vesuvius eruptions.
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when silica replaces and infills the cavities of wood.
Cinder Cones are the smallest, simplest, and most common type of volcano.