Rocks and Minerals Internet Hunt

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1. List the three rock groups.


2. Describe the rock cycle. Watch the Rock Cycle movie. Also here.



3. Write 3 minerals found in a house. Name the specific product where it is used.



4. What is the difference between a mineral and a rock? pdf resource



5. The gem Corundum is called a sapphire unless it is colored red.
What do they call a red colored corundum?


6. How old is the Hope Diamond?


7. Asbestos is a mineral that people used to protect themselves from fire. Later they discovered it was dangerous.
How is it dangerous

(Use's search to find the answer. Enter asbestos in the search box.
Click Go. Check out the information in the encyclopedia.)



8. F. Mohs developed a scale to measure hardness of gemstones. What is the scale called? Explore the scale here.


9. What mineral has the least hardness according to the scale?

What mineral has the greatest hardness?



10. How are sedimentary rocks formed? Name two sedimentary rocks.




11. How are igneous rocks formed?



What does the word ignite mean? Look it up in a dictionary.


12. Ever hear the phrase "it sank like a stone"? What rock can actually float?


13. Name the tests that scientists use to identify minerals. Explain two of them. (Tip - Click Next to move through the info)




14. What is an unusual property of the mineral ulexite?


15. What causes sedimentary and igneous rocks to change?


Challenge questions:

16. Nicholaus Steno set down two geologic principles. What are they?







17. On several of the sites you visited in the hunt they gave the name for molten rock. What is it?



18. Do this Math Mastery Rock problem



What role does the mineral fluoride play in your health?


Accept the challenge: Every day you eat minerals. Your folks don't plop a bowl of minerals down for breakfast.
So how are you eating these minerals? Figure it out here by reading about boron.


Do this web activity Rock Cycle interactive and engaging. Test your skills. Score-


Check out Rock varnish - Have you observed this phenomena?

Food for thought.

Suppose I told you about a teacher at school. (You will have her for Earth Science next year.)
I describe her as sedimentary. You would then picture her as which of these?


Fiery and exciting / Slow - steadily teaching one step at a time / Changing throughout the year.


Sometimes we techies talk about morphing. We morph pictures, for example.
Using your understanding of rock terms - what does morphing mean?

Name an animal that "morphs" __________________________________


"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

Done already? Good for you!

Explore the fluorescence site.
Take the Volcano Quiz at National Geographic. 
Harness the resources on this site to improve your rock knowledge


Learn more about Geology
Expand upon your mineralogy facts and figures using these resources


Rock Cycle - Earth Science
Rocks and Minerals crossword puzzle Rock Solid audio story
Rock Hound Collection Safety Pennsylvania Geology - Dig into it
Gold is a Native Element. Name all three minerals in the Gold group. List two traits of these minerals.
It's ALL MINE - a thinkquest site about mining, along with rocks & minerals Shake, Rattle and Slide website
Explore the Geology Lab at FossWeb Embark on this electronic field trip - Into the Canyon
Rock Cycle interactive and engaging Mineral Gallery - in depth
Hands On Earth Science Earth's Layers Internet activity
Earth Science Videos at DragonflyTV Earth Exponential - Richter Scale worksheet - Video about Exponents @ Countdown
Rock Observation
Mystery of the Megaflood - What on Earth Made This? fun All about glaciers - NSIDC
Jobs related - The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for Surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying technicians
grew by 21% in 2006 Much faster than average growth. Increasing demand for fast, accurate, and complete geographic information is
expected to lead to new jobs for these workers.

Geoscientists jobs grew by 22% in 2006. Much faster than average growth. The need for energy, environmental protection, and land and water management is expected to spur growth. Those with a master’s degree should have excellent opportunities, especially in the management, scientific, and technical consulting industry. Budget constraints are expected to limit opportunities in governments.

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It may be printed for student use in a nonprofit setting. Updated 4/2008, created 4/2000

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