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Self Study Resources

Minerals, Fossils and the Internet by Rick Moore
PDF with slides from presentation given at the 2012 Gem & Mineral Show 

Mineral Identification for Rock Stars by Rick Moore 
PDF Pamphlet on mineral properties and how to use them for identification. 


A Brief Introduction to Minerals by Michael Samartano 10:21
Excellent first step in learning about minerals 

Mineral Formation Video 4:38 

Identifying Minerals for Earth Science by MrRayscience 10:54
Easy to understand description of mineral properties and how to use them to identify a mineral specimen. 

Three Main Rock Types by MrRayscience 10:54
Best rock type video on the internet

Rock Cycle by MIT K12 Videos 4:31
Creative use of jelly beans to explain rock types and the rock cycle 

Reference Books

 List compiled by Rick Moore. Note that these introductory text books are older and usually only available from online used book stores. 

Frye, Keith (1974) Modern Mineralogy. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 

Frye, Keith (1993) Mineral Science, An Introductory Survey. Macmillan, New York 

Pohopien, K.M., An introduction to the megascopic study and determination of minerals and rocks (1966). Wm. C Brown, Dubuque, Iowa. (2 part bound pamphlet, also published in 1969 & 1972.) 

Berry,L.G. & B. Mason (1959). Mineralogy. W. H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco.

Mason, B. & L.G. Berry (1968). Elements of Mineralogy. W. H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco.

Berry,L.G., B. Mason & R.V. Dietrich (1983). Mineralogy, 2nd Ed. W. H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco.