How to Focus a Hand Lens / Hand Magnifier

Hand lenses / hand magnifiers are very useful tools for studying small objects such as rocks, flowers, or bugs. Young children especially benefit from the use of a hand-held magnifier as they are often not able to use a microscope but can easily operate the hand magnifier.

Metamorphic Q&A

Ask-a-Geologist Q&A about Metamorphic Rocks. What rocks are changed by high pressure and high temperature?

How to Perform a Mineral Streak Test

A streak test is one tool that geologists use to determine the identity of a mineral. The “streak” is the color of the mineral in powdered form. Some minerals will have a streak color that is the same as the outer color of the mineral while others will have a streak color that is very different from the outer color.

Ask-a-Geologist Q&A: Sand Grains

Question: What is the name of sand grains cemented together?

New Shipment of Grossular Garnet has arrived!

A new shipment of wonderful grossular garnet crystals have arrived. Beautiful grossular garnet mineral from Mexico is one of six varieties of garnet. Each single crystal shows the natural dodecahedral form of the garnet group. These samples, from Mexico, are approximately 0.75 to 1 inch in size.

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