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This web site is geared toward graduate students and other researchers wanting to grow crystals suitable for X-ray structure determinations. Numerous techniques of growing crystals are discussed and include: slow evaporation, slow cooling, variations on slow evaporation and slow cooling, vapor diffusion, solvent diffusion, reactant diffusion, sublimation, convection, co-crystallants, counterions, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This web site describes three mineral locations in the area of Anthony's Nose, a prominent highland east of the Hudson River in New York State. Two of the sites are over 150 years old and have been long forgotten. Yet surprisingly minerals may still be easily collected at these sites. Unfortunately there has been much confusion about the exact localities and mineral occurrences. This paper attempts ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This web site provides the etymology of mineral and rock names, a list of the derivations of many of the common mineralogical and petrological terms. Two lists are provided, one in English, and one in German. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This is a practice exam from a college-level geology course. The questions include the topics of igneous rocks and their texture, and volcanism types. The exam corrects as it is completed. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site contains 23 questions on the topic of atoms and minerals, which covers mineral types and characteristics. This is part of the Principles of Earth Science course at the University of South Dakota. Users submit their answers and are provided immediate verification. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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The Kentucky rocks highlighted on this website are chiefly sedimentary, such as limestone and dolostone, since sedimentary rocks cover approximately 99 percent of the state. You will find an extensive list of minerals and mineral groups, such as oxides or halides, and mineral property descriptions that cover hardness, cleavage, color, crystal system, streak, and more. These properties are also discussed ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. This lesson focuses on sedimentary rocks and how they are formed. Students review the rock cycle and three rock types: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. They then write children's books about sedimentary rocks to explain the process to a younger audience. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this lab, students work in groups to grow crystals in different conditions, and then make conclusions about how and why crystals form. This site contains a detailed procedure and materials list, as well as follow-up questions. A teacher's guide contains extension ideas and information for conducting this lab. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This website integrates video footage and information with lesson plans and activities to teach students about the rock cycle and rock types. Storytelling is used to help students understand the changes a rock undergoes as it passes through the rock cycle. These activities are intended to be used at the end of a unit on rocks and minerals. There are lesson plans for the activities with materials, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Video
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This kid's page offers information on mine safety and the dangers of abandoned mines, an interactive map illustrating which minerals are mined in each state, a presentation on the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and their role in mining, a pictorial history of children working in mines, the amount of minerals, metals and fuels each American will use in a lifetime, and a story based on ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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