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Properties of Minerals


Organize and explain information about the properties of minerals and their uses 0707.7.1

Links verified on 6/19/2014

  1. Crystallography and Mineral Crystal Systems - a nine part explanation that's very complete.
  2. Gem and Mineral collection from the Smithsonian. Almost four dozen of the most beautiful naturally occurring minerals or polished gemstones from the collection.
  3. Gemstone Gallery offers good information about the mineral to accompany excellent pictures.
  4. Gemstone Index - an alphabetical listing, you can also search by color or by birthstone
  5. Mindat.org is the largest mineral database on the internet. Currently there are 11,185 different minerals, varieties and synonyms listed, and information on 159,326 mineral occurrences worldwide, from 29,868 different sites.
  6. The Mineral Gallery - A service of Amethyst Galleries,Inc., "The First Internet Rock Shop"
  7. TheImage.com offers their own Mineral Gallery with good information about the mineral to accompany the picture.
  8. Mineralogy Database in HTML Format. This mineral database contains more than 5,000 pages of mineral data. There are 3,968 individual mineral species descriptions with links
  9. Minerals - See a photograph and get a description of physical characteristics of the mineral.
  10. Physical Characteristics of Minerals - an explanation of the physical properties most useful for mineral identification
  11. Rock and Mineral Database - from the Natural History Museum of London This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data

A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

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