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bulletGovernment Links
bulletGeneral Links
bulletJust for Minerals
bulletJust for Fossils
bulletLapidary Schools
bulletOnline Maps
bulletPublications (Online)
bulletSites For Educators
bulletOther Organizations
bulletHomebuilt Equipment
bulletHow To
bulletOther Site's Link Pages
bulletWeb Search Services

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bulletBob's Rock Shop
bulletCollecting Sites
bulletCyberwall Rockhounding and Mineral Collecting
bulletMining Co. Guide to Mineral Collecting
bulletRockhounding Arkansas
bulletRockhounding, Mineral Collecting, and Our National Forests
bullet Washington State Rockhounding

Government Links

bulletBureau of Land Management (BLM)
bulletU.S. Geological Survey
bulletUSDA Forest Service
bulletUSDA Forest Service Mineral and Geology Management
bulletMinerals, Geology, Rockhounding on the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests
bulletThe National Park Service - Park Geology

General Links

bulletLapidary Digest
bulletFreshman Science Hunterdon Central Regional High School (Flemington, NJ)
bulletNappers Anonymous
bulletRockhound Message Board
bulletGold Miner's Headquarters
bulletMineralogy Software (Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium)
bulletNational Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame

Just for Minerals

bulletAlphabetical Mineral Reference
bulletCape Cod Rocks
bulletThe Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
bulletMineralogy Database
bulletState & Provincial GeoSymbols
bullettheImage Hundreds of images of minerals and gems with property data
bulletYupRocks.com Rock and Mineral Pictures

Just for Fossils

bulletThe Arizona Sedimentary Geology and Paleontological Resource
bulletFossils of New Jersey
bulletFossil Sites
bullet Fossils Facts and Finds
bullet A Guide to the Orders of Trilobites
bulletNashville Fossils
bullet State Fossils
bulletState & Provincial Fossils

Lapidary Schools

bulletCamp Paradise (Northern California)
bulletWild Acres Retreat (Little Switzerland, NC)
bulletWilliam Holland School of Lapidary Arts
bulletZZYZX (Southern California)

Online Maps

bullet Google Maps - Maps, Satellite Images, and Hybrid Maps Satellite Images with Mapping.
bulletTopoZone On-line Topographic maps of the United States
bulletTerraServer - The worlds largest online satellite imagery gazeteer
bulletExcite Maps & Directions
bulletMaptech MapServer - On-line Topographic maps
bullet National Atlas of the United States
bulletYahoo! Maps


bulletLapidary Journal
bulletThe Mineralogical Record
bulletRock & Gem
bulletRocks & Minerals

Publications (On-line)

bulletThe Eclectic Lapidary
bulletGanoskin Online
bulletGemstone Newsletter


bulletA. E. Seaman Mineral Museum (Houghton, MI)
bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
bulletBob Campbell Geology Museum (Clemson University - Clemson, SC)
bulletCarnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA)
bulletClement Mineral Museum (Marion, KY)
bulletCleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland, OH)
bulletColburn Gem & Mineral Museum (Asheville, NC)
bulletDenver Museum of Natural History (Denver, CO)
bulletFranklin Mineral Museum (Franklin, NC)
bulletFranklin Mineral Museum (Franklin, NJ)
bulletThe Hooper Virtual Natural History Museum (Carleton University, 
bulletHouston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, TX)
bulletJames Madison University Mineral Museum (Harrisonburg, VA)
bulletThe Museum of Paleontology (University of California, Berkeley)
bulletMonnig Meteorite Gallery (Fort Worth, TX)
bulletNational Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)
bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, CA)
bulletPeabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University (New Haven, CT)
bulletRice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals (Hillsboro, OR)
bulletSmithsonian Institution Gem & Mineral Collection (Washington, DC)
bulletThe University of Arizona Mineral Museum (Tucson, AZ)
bulletWilliam Weinman Mineral Museum (Cartersville, GA)

Sites For Educators

bulletEarth Science Education Network Education Committee of the Kentucky Geological Survey, in conjunction with the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists provide Educational Resources for K-12.
bulletNational Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
bulletNational Science Foundation
bullet Complete Guide to environmental Science and its Components
bulletEnergy Education Resources A list published by the National Energy Information Center of generally available free or low-cost educational materials available from different organizations. 
bullet Reach Every Child Science/Geology
bulletMineral Information Institute - For Teachers Only  Teacher Helper Packets in PDF format.
bullet U.S. Geological Survey and Science Education
bulletRocks & Minerals Page Designed for elementary teachers interested in the study of rocks and minerals.

Other Organizations

bulletAmerican Lands Access Association (ALAA)
bulletAmerican Geological Institute
bulletCanadian Rockhound
bulletGem & Mineral Federation of Canada
bulletGemological Institute of America (GIA)
bulletMineralogical Society of America
bulletNational Speleological Society
bulletSociety of American Silversmiths
bulletSpecial Congress Representing Involved Bulletin Editors (S.C.R.I.B.E.)
bulletUnited States Faceters Guild



Homebuilt Equipment


Faceting Machine


Fifty Pound Rock Tumbler

How To


Rock Tumbling Hobby


Tumbling Procedures

Other Site's Link Pages

bulletUniversity of Wuerzburg Links for Mineralogists
bulletEarth Science Organizations

Web Search Services

bulletEINet Galaxy
bulletGlobal Network Academy
bulletW3C Virtual Library


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