Geology Geologists have a wonderful collection of news and facts presented by schoolbook giant Houghton-Mifflin. Get daily earthquake updates, read up on the latest discoveries, take virtual field trips that will make you think that you're really there. a good list of links to geology subjects This site combines landforms with art. Students learn about the different landforms while learning about art - it is Interactive lesson on the layers of the earthactive Layers of the earth Ask-A-Geologist: Do you have a question about volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, maops, ground waqter, lakes or rivers? You can Ask-A-Geologist for helpactive Inside the Earth: This modeling project is a perfect hands-on activity to go along with a unit on rocks/geology/earth sciences. Students will create layers of the earth using modeling clay--adaptable to caves, beach, etc. The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) offers an interesting peek into the creation of the museum's newest exhibit, the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. For over three years scientists have travelled around the world, collecting over 130 rocks, "each of which records a chapter of the earth's ongoing story," to construct the exhibit. The online feature contains five sections. The first three, Expeditions, Scientists, and Preparations, describe the people involved, the questions they have sought to answer, and their work. The fourth section, the Toolkit, offers short illustrated explanations of the geologists' tools and how they use them. The last section contains an illustrated glossary of geology terms and selected minerals. all about the sea - resources, pictures, gamesactive

Games from "Surfing the Net with Kids" Mineral Word Searchactive Gemstone Scrambleractive Rock Jokesactive Rocks Crosswordactive Send a Mineral Postcard active Dig into Geology - Learn about rocks and mineral through gamesactive

Rocks & Minerals Rocks and Minerals Rocks Unit: For grades K-2, this unit include two student worksheetsto identify and classify rocks by color and size. rocks quizactive Rock word scramble gameactive Rock word searchactive Fossils, Rocks and Time: Reproduced from a free print publication of the U.S. Geological Survey, this online booklet is a marvelous introduction to how geologists study fossils to learn about the earth's history.  "People who study Earth's history also use a type of calendar, called the geologic time scale. In some ways, it is more like a book, and the rocks are its pages. Some of the pages are torn or missing, and the pages are not numbered, but geology gives us the tools to help us read this book." Ontario Museum has online activitesactive Rocks & Minerals Detectives: Collaborating in groups, students will locate natural minerals and learn about their physical characteristics, as well as how they are mined and other minerals they are associated with. Scoring rubrics are included; the webquest is suitable for upper elementary students. photos of rocks Cape Cod Rocks - Paul and Patricia Dauphinee, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have photographed, labeled and alphabetized their personal rock collection. And these are not your usual museum photos. Most are taken on the beach, with the Atlantic ocean as a backdrop. Gallery of Mineral Photographs These awesome mineral photos literally jump off the screen with clarity and color.presented here for your review. Natural Gemstones - A natural gemstone is a mineral, stone, or organic matter that can be cut and polished or otherwise treated for use as jewelry or other ornament. A precious gemstone has beauty, durability, and rarity, whereas a semiprecious gemstone has only one or two of these qualities. The resource site from the U.S. Geological Survey contains definitions and reference material such as the Chemical Formulas of Gemstones and the hardness of gemstones. Hardness of a gemstone is its resistance to scratching and may be described relative to a standard scale of 10 minerals known as the Mohs scale. Managing Your Rock Collection Mineral Galleries - The Mineral Galleries offers a comprehensive rock collection organized in several ways. The alphabetic listing gives you rocks from acanthite to zoisite, while Minerals by Class organizes them by their chemistry such as Silicates (quartz, garnet and topaz) and Sulfides. "The silicates are the largest, the most interesting and the most complicated class of minerals by far. Approximately 30% of all minerals are silicates and somegeologists estimate that 90% of the Earth's crust is made up ofsilicates. And last, but not least, are the Interesting Groupings, which include Birthstones, Gemstones and Biblestones (minerals referenced in the Bible.) amber gallery

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