Links to Photographs and other Sites
on the Web
All about Rocks & Minerals!
best way to see rocks & minerals is up close and personal. Rocks are neat to have - so that you can look at them and touch them whenever you feel like it. But there are so many interesting rocks & minerals in the world that it is impossible to collect them all - your house just isn't big enough!
That is why it is great to look at pictures of rocks & minerals. Many rock lovers have put pictures of rocks & minerals on their web sites. Here are a few you should check
GemSelect is an online
gemstone dealer based in Chanthaburi, Thailand, one of the world centers for
colored stones. This site has large and detailed photos of more than 7,000
gemstones, with information pages on more than 60 gemstone varieties.
http://www.shopgemstones.com/ This site is a commercial site that sells
gemstone. Their photography and descriptions of their precious and
semi-precious stones are very informative.
Colored Gemstone Association This
site has a lot of information and pictures of gemstones.
Betts Fine Minerals is a
mineral dealer. John is an avid rockhound. This site is very informative. The photographs are sorted by images so that
you don't need to know what a mineral is called to find a mineral you like
the look of. Just click on the image and you will find out what it is
Fluorescent Minerals Superb photos. Photos of minerals taken when they are under fluorescent lights.
Maintained by Kenneth
Colosky, fluorescent mineral collector
This is a fabulous web site with information contributed by real live
rockhounds - even some people we know!;-) It may seem too technical for some
but is fantastic for finding out what minerals & site locations are within
our collecting area (GTA based) because rockhounds from here are posting
- Mineralogy Database
Check out their Mineral Pictures. This site has a lot information - probably
too much for the amateur.
- Mineral Information
Institute is a national USA not-for-profit
organization dedicated to educating youth about the science of minerals and
other natural resources, and about their importance in our every day lives.
A super easy site to use. Click on the photo
and you will get to a page that shows you photos of the mineral, describes
it & tells you what the mineral is used for.
- Rocks For Kids - Alpha Listing of some Rock &
Mineral pictures & Locations
http://www.rocksforkids.com/RFK/Rocks&Minerals.html These are pictures
taken by an amateur rockhound.
- Royal Ontario Museum in
Toronto, visit the Teck Suite of Galleries
to see fabulous minerals in person.
- Take A Gemstone Safari
http://www.africagems.com/gemsafari.html This site sells gemstones from
Africa. It has good photos about colored gemstone mining in Africa and has
an article about processing gemstones.
The Image Gallery
many pictures and information on the physical properties of minerals &
Just go to a gallery & click on a name.
Personal Collection of
Alan Guisewite is inspirational.
a web site run by rockhounds located in Nevada, USA selling minerals. The
photos of minerals for sale are large and very pretty.
- Yup ... Rocks
http://www.yuprocks.com/ This web
site has many photographs of minerals, fossils & earthquakes.
of Ontario & Canada
Most museums have rocks & minerals on display. Some museums
have photographs of their their rock & mineral galleries up on the web.
Although we personally think you should go and visit every museum that you can,
looking at pictures on the web can get you dreaming!
- Royal Ontario Museum Toronto,
Ontario This museum has a fine collection of rocks & minerals. Currently
they are hard to see in person because of the renovations going on.
- Stones 'N Bones Museum
Sarnia, Ontario This is a fantastic private museum with many
fluorescent minerals, fossils, mineral and gemstones in addition to other
natural display specimens. The staff are knowledgeable and the specimens are
world class. A great place to see minerals in Southern Ontario.
Gem & Mineral Collection A world class mineral collection - well worth the
visit in person. Shows gems & mineral crystals from the mineral gallery at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., USA
Maintained by the museum.
Mineral and Fossil
Museums, Exhibits & Displays in the USA Maintained by OsoSoft Mineral Connection, USA.
Seaman Mineral Museum A super museum to visit.
Photos of copper & other minerals of the Lake Superior Copper District. Maintained by the museum, Houghton, Michigan, USA
Rock Museum, Scottland Learn about gemstones, crystals,
rocks and minerals from this useful guide.
- MinDat Mindat.org is a mineral
database and mineralogy reference website on the internet. This site
contains worldwide data on minerals, mineral collecting, mineral localities
and other mineralogical information.
Geology in Michigan Michigan USA - Department Of
Organizations involved with Rocks & Minerals / Potential Careers
Online Rock & Mineral Stores
- David K. Joyce Minerals
http://www.davidkjoyceminerals.com/ This site is
owned by a Canadian mineral dealer who is also an avid rockhound
living in the GTA.
- This site
has a store and sells items like tumblers but its best feature is
its extensive information and the many great photos it has to show
what geology is all about. The home page is a great directory which
allows you to hop into areas that interest you.
Lapisgems Gem Company specializes in cutting gemstone material such
as Tanzinite, Tsavorite and other East African gemstone. The
pictures on this web site are beautiful and the background
information on the gemstones makes for interesting reading. There is
information on the process of turning a rough piece of mineral into
a gemstone, geology related to the minerals and gemological history.
Although geared towards adults, anyone fascinated with gems wishing
more detailed information would find the site worth a visit.
- Mama’s Minerals, Inc. - from Mother Earth to You
Albuquerque, New Mexico
- THE-VUG.COM All Things Mineralogical
http://www.the-vug.com/ This site is a jumping
board to other well described mineral dealers online as well as many
other online information.
Other Great Web Sites
Rock Shop: Gallery of Special Images The best web site for beginning Rockhounds! Maintained by Bob Keller, Bob's Rock Shop, USA.
- JuniorGeo - A
World of Inspiration - A British
Website for kids aged between 6 - 12 years. Well done
& interesting. Makes you want to travel to Britain, meet fellow
rockhounds & hunt for fossils.
The Fascinating World of Minerals -
The young people site of the Mineralogical Association of Canada
- Your Planet Earth - A British
site sponsored by The Geologists' Association and Shell with PowerPoint
presentation on topics studied in school. These "talks" include topics such
as volcanoes, dinosaurs, natural hazards, plate tectonics and climate
Garden BuildingsDirect - This British site has good information on Rocks
& Minerals for kids. It has sections on igneous, sedimentary & metamorphic
rocks as well as minerals.
Learning About the Rock Cycle - This
Australian site seems to be well written and has lots of good information.
What it has to do with Starting Local we are not sure, but the rock
information would be of interest to people elsewhere as well as Australia.
Sites about Geology & Rocks & Minerals & with Lists of Web
- Geology.com An
interesting web site with lots and lots of great information.
- Online Education Resources:
Geology for Kids
list compiled by this organization looks good although some of the
sites have ads around the information that can be distracting. The
organization itself does not have an About Us page which makes it
slightly less than a great page, but others who have used it
recommend it. Let us know if you have issues with this link.
Careers Related to Rocks
& Minerals - Canadian focus
Geology Websites for the Working