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General Geology

General Geology / Geological Terms

Crystals / Minerals

  • On Time With Quartz.   Ever wonder why your watch has “quartz” on it?
  • Snow Crystal Research.   Images of snow and ice obtained with a scanning electron microscope.
  • Snow Crystals.   Images of snow crystals from the world-renowned laboratories of California Technological University (Cal Tech).
  • Mineral Web.   Interact with rotating mineral structures
  • The Asbestos Institute.  Discover the truth about asbestos – from people who know it best!
  • Magnetite on Mars. Microscopic magnetite crystals within the famous Martian meteorite ALH84001.
  • Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer.  Learn how a polarizing microscope (an essential tool for geologists) works with this interactive tutorial.
  • A database of minerals, including photographs and analyses
  • The website of the Mineralogical Society (UK). Includes a picture gallery of spectacular mineral specimens, and links to other useful sites.
  • The ‘collector’s corner’ at the website of the Mineralogical Society of America. Contains pictures of minerals and guidance on rock and mineral collecting.