Rocks and MineralsDefining Minerals

by Anne Egger, Ph.D.

Further Exploration

Minerals Information

USGS - Find information about mineral resources mined in your region. See how mining and extraction have changed over time in the United States and beyond, and how minerals are used today.

Mineralogy Database

A comprehensive and in-depth database of minerals, including pictures, chemical formulas, animations of atomic structure, listings of physical and chemical properties of minerals, and links to other sites with mineral data.

Common Minerals and Their Uses

Mineral Information Institute - A list of the most commonly used minerals, from aluminum to zirconium, including pictures.

Introduction to Minerals

Tulane - Stephan A. Nelson's introduction to minerals, written for an introduction to geology class.

Biography

Georgius Agricola
Georgius Agricola

Classics

De Re Metallica

A complete set of images that originally appeared as woodcuts in Agricola's 1550 classic book on mining.

News & Events

Mineral in Mars 'Berries' adds to water story

NASA/JPL

Minerals are the key to deep earthquakes

Science Daily

Current Science News

News from around the world of science.

Research

Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.

Experiment!

Watch minerals grow

Flash animation from W.W. Norton showing crystal growth.

Thus minerals have differences which we observe by color, taste, odor, place of origin, natural strength and weakness, shape, form, and size.

— Georgius Agricola, 1484-1555