|Playing with rocks|
|Rock shops with Web sites|
|Suppliers of landscape rocks with Web sites|
|Stories about Earth history |
One of the best ways to find rocks is to join a local
rock and mineral club. We are members of the
Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI),
and we help out with ESCONI Juniors. Please
go here to learn more:
< http://www.saltthesandbox.org/ESCONI/ >
Finding Rocks in the Midwestern United
state geological surveys have Web pages about local
rocks and minerals.
You can link to Web pages about Illinois geodes, the Illinois state mineral
(fluorite), and rocks brought to Illinois by the glaciers (called "erratics").
< http://www.isgs.illinois.edu/maps-data-pub/publications/geobits/geobits-index.shtml >
Geology. Lots of short articles on various aspects of
Indiana geology (although nothing directed specifically at collecting
< http://igs.indiana.edu/geology/index.cfm >
|Iowa||Online publications of the
Iowa Geological Survey may be
< http://www.igsb.uiowa.edu/browse/browse.htm >
Minerals of Iowa. Color photos and text.
< http://www.igsb.uiowa.edu/browse/minerals/minerals.htm >
Geodes: A Look at Iowa's State Rock. Color photos and text.
< http://www.igsb.uiowa.edu/browse/geodes/geodes.htm >
in Michigan. Includes links to information about the
state rock (Petoskey stone), state mineral (Isle Royale Greenstone),
Michigan copper and iron, and other geological topics.
< http://www.michigan.gov/deq/1,1607,7-135-3308_3582---,00.html >
of Educational Materials and Services. Includes publications
you can buy (like Education Series 2. Guide to mineral collecting in
Minnesota for $1).
< http://www.geo.umn.edu/mgs/Education/edmatrls.htm >
The Virtual Egg Carton. Click on the egg carton to see the rocks inside. Then click on the rocks to find out more about them.
< http://www.geo.umn.edu/mgs/virt_egg/virtual%20egg%20carton.htm >
of Ohio. This page has links to information about geological
resources and hazards, environmental hazards, and geologic maps.
< http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/7885/Default.aspx >
Resources. This page has lots of good links, including the two
Leaflets. A few of the leaflets are online as PDF files,
including a very detailed one about coal in Ohio.
of Publications. You need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to see the
list of mail-order publications. It includes ES2. Mineral and
Rock Collecting in Wisconsin, for $1.
< http://www.uwex.edu/wgnhs/maps.htm >
|Other States||This Website links to all the state
< http://www.stategeologists.org/ >
Rock and Mineral Clubs. There's probably a rock and mineral
club in your area. If you go to a meeting, you can learn more
about the rocks in your area.
of Amateur Rock Clubs in the United States. Hundreds
of local rock clubs, arranged by state.
< http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/clublist.html >
A wonderful resource for children!
Information about collecting, identifying, storing, and
displaying rocks and minerals. Also includes games
and directions for growing your own crystals. (From
the San Diego Natural History Museum.)
< http://www.sdnhm.org/kids/minerals/index.html >
Especially for kids!
Includes a slide show about how to collect rocks
safely, and a quiz to make sure you learned your
lessons well. (If you pass the quiz, you earn a
certificate that you can print out!)
< http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/safety/index.html >
Arkansas has a great page for beginners
(who are sometimes called, "Pebble Pups.")
< http://www.rockhoundingar.com/pebblepups.html >
Lots of useful
links from members of the Rockhounds e-mail
< http://www.rahul.net/infodyn/rockhounds/rockhounds.html >
Rock Shop Rock Identification Key. If our pages
of Rock Names didn't identify your rocks, then you might
want to try this key. (It uses lots of words, but no pictures.)
< http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/rockkey/index.html >
a Volcano. This page is part of the Rockhounding Arkansas
Website. They tell you how to make "lava" with baking soda, vinegar,
red food coloring, and dish liquid.
< http://www.rockhoundingar.com/pebblepups/volcano.html >
in Growing Crystals. This page is part of the Rockhounding Arkansas
Website. Learn how to grow rock candy and alum crystals, and
how to make a crystal garden.
< http://www.rockhoundingar.com/pebblepups/growcryst.html >
Your Own Crystals. Step-by-step instructions for growing salt
crystals from the San Diego Museum of Natural History.
< http://www.sdnhm.org/kids/minerals/grow-crystal.html >
Crafts for Fun. Another page from the Rockhounding Arkansas |
< http://www.rockhoundingar.com/pebblepups/rockcrafts.html >
to Earth Rock Shop is the best rock shop
we've ever visited, for kids or adults. It's in Evanston,
Illinois, just north of Chicago. They've finally got a Web
site (but you really ought to go there in person, too).
< http://www.davesdowntoearthrockshop.com/ >
Bob's Rock Shop.
We've never bought rocks here, but we've
used lots of their online resources.
< http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/table.shtml >
Dixie Cut Stone &
Marble, Inc. in Michigan sells many types
of landscape stones. Check out their "slide show" of stone
< http://www.dixiestone.com/landscape_landscape.htm >
Town & Country Landscape Supply
in the Chicago area
carries more than 20 types of "decorative stone," including
a number of hard-to-find types.
< http://www.hesod.com/stone_ground_cover/default.html >
Kalamazoo Landscape Supplies
is in Kalamazoo, Michigan:
< http://www.klsupplies.com/ >
The Paleomap Project has
online maps that show what the
Earth looked like in the distant past. (This site is appropriate
for high school and older.)
< http://www.scotese.com/ >
Earth History includes a series of 17 maps of the Earth,
from 650 million years ago through today -- and they also
include predictions of what the future Earth will look like
250 million years in the future!
< http://www.scotese.com/earth.htm >
Climate History includes both maps and an animation
showing ancient climates.
< http://www.scotese.com/climate.htm >
Copyright 2001-2009 Eric D. Gyllenhaal
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This page was created on March 12, 2001, and it was last updated on July 20, 2009..