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Rocks and minerals Resources -- HELP!


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For our nature study for the next few months I've decided to focus on rocks and minerals. My girls are forever collecting rocks. I know nothing about rocks and minerals. I have no idea how to tell them apart. Any suggestions for (preferably living) books or resources regarding rocks and minerals?


We have some museums we could visit but I need something to help us out at home.

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USGS has some nice write-ups and photos.





Also, MII (Mineral Information Institute):



As an aside, I've found so many resources on USGS that I feel like an USGS apologist. :) I've tried to pin them individually on my Pinterest boards.



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The Happy Scientist has study units on rocks and minerals, including how to test them. $20 will buy you a year's subscription to his website (or $10 through Homeschool Buyer's Co-op, if that is still going on).


Roadside Geology books will show you how to spot stuff locally.


On Amazon, there are fun and affordable kits for rock and mineral identification, crystal growing, and smashing geodes.

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