New Video Q&A Series: How Much Chemistry is in Geology?

Every week we get great questions from our friends about the science and study of geology. In this new series I’m going to answer your questions so keep them coming in! This question is from Alexandra, she writes: How much chemistry is involved in geology? I’m not that great at chemistry but I’m very interested in geology.

Five Tips for Teaching Mineral Identification to Elementary Students

Identifying mineral samples can seem daunting to young students. The colors are often similar and they find it difficult to distinguish between the subtle differences in the samples. Teaching children a few basic properties with a small sample set can help them to begin to distinguish the small differences in the minerals and develop their confidence as they move into rock identification and into middle and high school where the mineral identifications become more complicated.