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Web Sites:

United States Geological Survey home page

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) home page

The First Miners,
University of California, Davis

The Bronze Age,
University of California, Davis

Mineral Resources Program home page,

Mineralogical Society of America home page

The Friends of Mineralogy home page

National Mining Association home page

Society of Exploration Geophysics home page


Minerals and Materials Information CD-ROM,



Science News
Excellent source of articles describing the most recent and interesting events in scientific reserach.

Published by the American Geosciences Institute, this magazine reviews current issues in the Earth Sciences and can serve as a valuable supplemental resource for teachers and students alike. Visit the web site for online articles and information about obtaining a one-year subscription (40% discount for AGI Member Society members; 65% discount for students).

National Geographic
Excellent source of articles. Often includes helpful maps.



The following videos, which are available in English and French, are distributed by:
International Tele-Film Enterprises Ltd.
5090 Explorer Drive
Suite 301
Mississauga, Ontario
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Tel: (905) 629-3133, 1-800-561-4300
Fax: (905) 629-1211

  • Mining and Minerals Vignettes (23 minutes, 17 seconds):
    1- Exploring for Minerals (4:20)
    2- Panning for gold (2:57)
    3- Exploration geologists (3:42)
    4- Underground mining (3:00)
    5- Surface mining (3:40)
    6- Mining gypsum (3:03)
    7- Mining potash (3:03)
    Target audience: High school and university students, general public.
  • Geoscience Mapping (4 minutes, 30 seconds):
    This video looks into the study and application of geoscience, identification of mineral resources and geological mapping provide a base for the mineral industry of Atlantic Canada. Target audience: High school students and general public.

Education Videos include:

  • Common Ground, Out of the Rock
  • Let's Do Mineral Science
  • Let's Do Mineral Science by Society for Mining
  • Metallurgy and Exploration

$10 each + shipping and handling.
PH: 303-973-9550 and 800-763-3132
FAX: 303-973-3845
8307 Shaffer Parkway, PO Box 277002, Littleton, CO 80127

Minerals and Their Properties (VLC027),
Visual Learning Company
(PH) 800-453 -8481 or email
This 20-minute video addresses the following concepts and terminology: inorganic, luster, streak, color, cleavage and fracture, specific gravity, hardness, Mohs scale, ore, metals, and gemstones. It includes a 15-question video review, 30-page Teacherís Guide with 10 Student Masters, closed captioned ©2001 $89.95




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