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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

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bulletBob's Rock Shop
bulletCollecting Sites
bulletRockhounding Arkansas

Government Links

bulletBureau of Land Management (BLM)
bulletU.S. Geological Survey
bulletUSDA Forest Service
bulletUSDA Forest Service Mineral and Geology Management

General Links

bulletNational Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame

Just for Minerals

bulletThe Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
bulletMineralogy Database
bullettheImage Hundreds of images of minerals and gems with property data
bulletYupRocks.com Rock and Mineral Pictures

Just for Fossils

bullet Fossils Facts and Finds

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


bulletThe Mineralogical Record
bulletRock & Gem
bulletRocks & Minerals

Publications (On-line)

bulletGanoskin Online


bulletA. E. Seaman Mineral Museum (Houghton, MI)
bulletClement Mineral Museum (Marion, KY)
bulletCleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland, OH)
bulletDenver Museum of Natural History (Denver, CO)
bulletFranklin Mineral Museum (Franklin, NC)
bulletFranklin Mineral Museum (Franklin, NJ)
bulletMiddle Tennessee Museum of Natural History: Earth Experience (Murfreesboro, TN)
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)
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
bullet U.S. Geological Survey and Science Education

Other Organizations

bulletAmerican Lands Access Association (ALAA)
bulletAmerican Geological Institute
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


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How To


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