March has arrived and it is time to register your kids for summer camps. If you live in the Mount Pleasant / Charleston, South Carolina, area or plan to visit this June, I would love to have you join us for Rock Detectives Camp. The camp will be held at the Park West Recreation Building in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on June 19 through 23, 2017 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Come join us for a full week of geology fun!
Filed under: Announcements, Geology / Earth Science on March 2nd, 2017 | No Comments »
Looking for some fun time with the kids away from the television, phones and video games?
Try a “Rock Walk!”
Filed under: Education, Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on September 9th, 2016 | No Comments »
Minerals are unique chemical substances which are homogeneous (the same) throughout the specimen. Minerals can be found as single crystals or clusters of many crystals. Rocks are a group of minerals that are found together.
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Whether you know a lot about geology or just a little, you probably know that the Earth’s crust and the material below it are made up of rocks and minerals. There are hundreds of varieties of rocks and minerals and each one has its own unique history from the time it was formed to the time someone finds a specimen and adds it to their collection
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on May 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
Ellie wrote to us and asked what notes she should take when she finds rocks and minerals. Geologists use fancy notebooks with waterproof paper but a simple notebook and pen will work just fine. Watch this video to find out what notes to take and how to organize your notebook for your collection.
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on March 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Minerals come in many colors. Some minerals only form in one color, like yellow sulfur, while others can form many different colors like fluorite which can be purple, blue, yellow, white, red and green.
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals on March 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
There are many, many different crystal shapes in the world. In fact, there are too many to list in a simple blog post! Determining the shapes of different minerals can help you uncover their identity.
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals on March 17th, 2014 | No Comments »
Have you ever had this thought? “Help! I have to teach rock and mineral identification and I’m not a geologist.” Identifying rocks and minerals is difficult. Even the most experienced geologists are stumped sometimes (often when an elementary student hands you a random rock they found on the playground and want to know what it is on the spot!). Minerals can have many colors and shapes while rocks sometimes just look alike.
Filed under: Books, Education, Geology / Earth Science on March 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
Question: Based on Mohs hardness scale an unknown mineral scratched Apatite. It also scratches a steel knife blade but it cannot scratch quartz. What is the mineral’s hardness?
Filed under: Education, Geology / Earth Science, Minerals on August 26th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
We are really excited to announce that all of our eBooks are available with licenses for home school groups, individual classrooms and schools. Each license is good for the life of the eBook.
Filed under: Books, Education, Geology / Earth Science on August 15th, 2013 | No Comments »