An immense, web-based databse of minerals that includes physical properties, photographs, chemical composition, animations of mineral structure, and classification.
Mineral Gallery - A more detailed exploration of mineral properties, including more unusual properties like phosphorescence and magnetism. Includes lots of pictures.
Mineral Information Institute - A list of the most commonly used minerals, from aluminum to zirconium, including pictures.
The father of mineral classification
Creator of the hardness scale
Hodge and McKay - Development of a new hardness scale
Holden - Summarizing color occurence in quartz
News & Events
News from around the world of science.
USGS mineral resources.
Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.
From Richard Harwood at Black Hawk College, the tool includes an image of a mineral and a series of physical properties tests that help you identify minerals.
Designed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this interactive resource describes the minerals found in items we encounter every day.