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The following list contains links to many of the most interesting and informative Websites related to topics explored in the chapter. Check them out, but make sure you come back to do more investigating when you're done.
Our Web Resource "Exploring Key Terms" can help you search, too.


A site for Mineral Resources and Commodities from USGS
This link may be helpful to complete the "Examining the Earth System, Question 1, at the end of Ch. 2 in your textbook.
Glass Manufacturing
An interesting site with more information about the history and manufacturing of glass.
Ask a Geologist
If you have questions, a professional geologist is here to help.
Ecole des Mines de Paris Mineralogy
Here are some beautiful mineral pictures from a museum in Paris.
Gems and Minerals Class: Dr. Mark Helper, Univ. of Texas at Austin
Interesting Class with abundant notes online and animations.
Gems and Precious Stones
Jill Banfield's (University of California, Berkeley) integrated body of information about gems and gemstones.
Responsible Gold
A good commercial site with a lot of information about gold.
Gold Prospecting
A good source for information about recreational gold prospecting.
James Madison University Mineral Collection
Images of mineral and gemstone specimens found in the James Madison University collection.
Mineral and Rock Description (National Park Service)
Mineral and rock photographs and descriptions from the National Park Service.
Mineral Data Links
Links to several mineralogy-related Websites.
Mineral Descriptions and Images
The Mineral Gallery is a constantly growing collection of mineral descriptions, images, and specimens, together with several ways of accessing these descriptions.
Mineral Identification Project
This site is designed to determine the type of mineral or minerals in a rock sample. It contains the most common (and a few rare and interesting) minerals found throughout the world today, but does not contain all the known minerals. Links to other Websites provide detailed information about, and photographs of, the selected minerals.
Mineralogy and Petrology Research on the Web
An extensive list of mineralogy and petrology resources on the Web.
Mineralogy Database
This extensive mineral database contains more than 5,000 pages of mineral data. There are 3,874 individual mineral species data descriptions.
Mineralogy Links (University of Oxford)
An extensive listing of mineralogy and mineral-related sites.
Mineral Identification Tutorial
Mineral identification tutorial from Texas A&M University.
Mineral Photographs
A comprehensive collection of mineral and gemstone photographs from The Image.
Mineral Resources Program (USGS)
The USGS Mineral Resources Program is responsible for providing and communicating current, unbiased information on the occurrence, quality, quantity, and availability of mineral resources.
Minerals Links (Houghton Mifflin)
Links to several mineral sites, including class lecture notes, arranged by topic.
Minerals Links (University of Würzburg)
An extensive listing of mineral links including mineral descriptions and thin section images.
Minerals (Mineralogical Society of America)
The Mineralogical Society of America Website offers a good, general description of mineral properties, classification, etc. directed primarily toward K-12 grade students.
Minerals Information (USGS)
United States Geological Survey (USGS) statistics and information on the worldwide supply, demand, and flow of minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment.
Minerals on the Internet
A wide variety of mineral-related sites sorted into relevant categories from Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
Mining and Mineral Resources
A great source for information about mining of mineral resources, mining news and trends, etc.
National Mining Association
The National Mining Association (NMA) represents the mining industry, mining equipment manufacturers, and other mining-related businesses throughout the United States.
Periodic Table of the Elements
In addition to listing a wealth of information about each element, this location also lists and describes numerous compounds.
Periodic Table of the Elements II
A great source for information on the elements.
Resource Fact Sheets (USGS)
United States Geological Survey (USGS) activities in the natural resources theme area inventory the occurrence and assess the quantity and quality of natural resources. Activities also include monitoring changes to natural resources, understanding the processes that form and affect them, and forecasting the changes that may be expected in the future.
Resource Sustainability
An essay that examines the future of Earth's resources.
Rockhounds Information Page
The Rockhounds Information Page offers many links to mineral- and rock-related Websites.
Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is an international society of professionals in the minerals industry.
Society of Economic Geologists
The Society of Economic Geologists, Inc. (SEG) is an international organization of individual members with interests in the field of economic geology.
State Minerals Information (USGS)
Statistics and information on the supply, demand, and flow of minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Technical University of Clausthal
This site at a German university also shows some excellent mineral pictures.
Virtual Atlas of Opaque and Ore Minerals
This site provides over 400 full-color photomicrographs of the major ore-forming associations and opaque minerals in non-mineralized rocks. It describes typical examples of each material from many classical localities throughout the world. For each association there is a listing of the major (and important minor) primary ore minerals, alteration products and gangue, typical textures, a brief discussion of the geology of the association, and a list of references.
This searchable mineral database contains 4,255 individual mineral species descriptions with links.

World Lecture Hall (University of Texas at Austin)
The World Lecture Hall features links to online courses in the United States and Canada.

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