Rocks Minerals and Fossils

Welcome To The Mineral Information Finder

Rocks and Minerals
"Regards from Rockman"

If this is your first visit, we think you'll be glad you stopped by. We have lots of great information about rocks, minerals, history and mining available and we will be adding new items regularly. Use the buttons above to return to the menu page or to check out our line of earth science related products for use in the classroom or for your collection.

Much of the information you find here has been gleaned from a variety of sources as well as from my own experiences in visits to different mines around the country. Sometimes I was simply another visitor in the crowd. But sometimes I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along with a shift boss to see just what it was he got paid to do during his day in the darkness at the bottom of a 5,000 foot shaft.

Whatever your interest, we hope you will find at least a part of what you are searching for here at the Rockman's website. And please, tell your friends about us and come back for another visit. Thanks.

MINERAL FACTS AND HISTORY...Rocks and minerals are essential in our lives. In fact, the world would be a completely different place if we did not know how to mine, process and use minerals. Without them, we would literally still be killing our dinner with a stick and freezing to death in the dark! To learn more about our mineral dependency, their role in the development of civilization and how modern mining supplies what we need and use every day, press the appropriate button to examine the following subjects:
  1. Aluminum - Aluminum is an essential metal we use every day. Do you know how it is made?
  2. Recycled Computers - How much is that old computer REALLY worth?.
  3. Geologic Time - A colorful geologic time chart highlighting important events of Earth's history.
  4. The Rock Cycle - The difference between rocks and minerals. How rocks form.
  5. Mineral Uses - How we put minerals to work for us; what are they used for?
  6. The First Gold Rush in the US had nothing to do with California or the 49er's!
  7. Aggregates aren't "pretty" rocks, but where would you be without them?
  8. Salt (Halite) - You eat it every day. But how many of its 13,999 other uses can you name?
  9. Lead (Galena) - Lead is a metal that is essential to daily life. How much do you know about it?
  10. Coal - Coal is essential in YOUR life. Can you name the type that affects you?
  11. Fireworks - Those beautiful fireworks displays on the Fourth of July wouldn't exist without minerals.
  12. Bible Minerals - Rocks and minerals in the Bible.
  13. The Periodic Chart - Need information from the Periodic Chart of the Elements? We have a great one.
  14. Mohs Scale of Hardness - This is a simple, basic introduction to Mohs Scale.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MINERALS...Many visitors to our site are looking for information about the physical characteristics of rocks and minerals and how they can be used to help identify specimens. The button below will provide you with access to one of the most comprehensive sites available to learn about these inportant features. Thanks to the Amethyst Galleries for allowing us to link to their site so you can have access to this great information.

MINERAL ENCYCLOPEDIA and PHOTOGRAPHS...Many visitors to our site are looking for information and pictures of specific rocks and minerals. The buttons below will provide you with access to one of the most comprehensive rock and mineral encyclopedias available and to one of the best collections of mineral photographs on the entire World Wide Web. Thanks to Matthew Probert and Shinichi Kato for their outstanding sites and for making them available to students, teachers and collectors from around the world.

MINING GLOSSARY ... This glossary should be of use to you if you need to learn what a specific term used in the mining world really means. Just press the button below and you will be there in a few seconds.

MINERAL INFORMATION ... If you need to find detailed information about individual minerals, click on the "Mineral Information" button below.

Page last updated on 5/11/15