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cool Mineralogy Database (unrestricted access, Internet resource) Wednesday, 20 September 2006 4:53 pm

Posted by Dongmei in geology, Internet Resources.
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I’ve just added this to our Geology Subject Guide (http://www.cofc.edu/~library/subj/geology.html) under Internet Resources, hey, you geology folks, let me know if this is useful for you.

To me, this is pretty cool. I think this is a godsend for geology students. I believe it also appeals to rock collectors (amateur and professional alike), jewelry makers/collectors, and the like.

The site is last updated 7/04/06. It contains “4,442 individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library”.

In addition to an alphabetical listings of mineral species, you can also browse the mineral species by crystal system, X-Ray powder diffraction, crystal structure data, chemical composition, physical and optical properties, Dana’s New classification, Strunz classification, mineral specimen images.

You can of course search the database as well (http://www.webmineral.com/cgi-bin/search/search.pl), the search page gives tips and plenty of examples (very neat!).

There are extensive help files which explain mineralogical terms and other features used for the database (see Help Topics), check out these help pages on Mineral Name Pronunciations and Radioactivity.

If you are a collector of rocks (I used to be one of them, a rather amateur one) or are thinking of creative ideas for gifts, check out Current Mineral News.

There are also extensive links to other sources of mineral data and information.

(Thanks go to Marylaine Block, who mentioned this resource in her Sept. 15 issue of “Neat New Stuff I Found This Week”: