Minerals

Earth is composed of minerals in many forms...

Minerals are (obviously) one of the core reasons the Monongahela Rockhounds club exists.  They are essential to us in many ways!  Various subjects reveal aspects as to how minerals contribute to civilization as building resources in manufacturing, but they’ve also played a historic role in symbolism through literature a and history.  Resources and topics in relation to minerals are abundant.  This page dedicates just enough to get a rookie started on their rockhounding journey, or some topics of note for veterans to revisit and/or discover!

Subjects relative to minerals:

  • Art
    • Lapidary Art
    • Jewelry Design
    • Architecture
    • Sculpture
    • Stone Masonry
    • Graphic Design
    • Photography
  • History / Literature
    • Archaeology
    • Ancient Civilizations
    • Social Studies

    • World Religion

  • Science

    • Chemistry
      • Organic Chemistry​
    • Earth Sciences
      • Geology
      • Gemology
      • Mineralogy
  • Technology

    • 3D Modeling

    • Cartography

  • Engineering

    • Mining

    • Manufacturing

  • Mathematics

    • Geometry

Key search terms:

Tools​ for mineral identification:

  • loupe

  • microscope

  • spectroscope

  • ultraviolet (UV) light

 

Careers involving minerals:

  • mineralogist

  • gemologist

  • geologist

  • chemist

  • archaeologist

  • teacher

  • museum curator

  • lapidary artist

  • fabrication artist

  • sculptor

  • stone mason

  • engineer

  • miner

  • manufacturer

  • salesperson

Resource

Education

  • Kids Love Rocks

    • Educational Resources to learn the basics.

  • Mindat.org

    • “[T]he world’s largest open database of minerals, rocks, meteorites and the localities they come from.”

  • The Mineralogical Record

    • “A mineral collector’s knowledge base—a wealth of information at your fingertips!”
  • YupRocks.com

    • Rock, mineral, fossil, and earthquake photos that can be used for the educational purpose of “Mineral Identification.”

Mineral

Organizations

Pyrite

Pyrite

Grand Door Prize at the 2009 Annual Show. Events & Shows:

Fluorite

Fluorite

Indoors

Fluorite

Fluorite

Outdoors

Fluorite

Fluorite

Galena

Galena

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 2006

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 2006

Display case curated by the Monongahela Rockhounds in 2006 for our local museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. They have an impressive and dedicated minerals exhibit. Affiliates & Resources:

Amethyst

Amethyst

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Amethyst