Minerals

Online Resources

From the Burke

The resources on this page are designed for research reference and use.

crystal quartz

All birthstones are minerals but not all minerals are considered gems. We dive in to the facts, legends and history behind each birthstone.

Graphic with "The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest" written on it

We live in earthquake country. Learn about quake science, tsunamis and what you can do to prepare for the Big One in this web feature from 2002.

geologic map of Washington state

An introduction to the geologic history of Washington state.

From Other Organizations
U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resource Program

The program produces documentation and information about our natural minerals and their production and consumption, including environmental consequences. Visit their website.

U.S. Geological Survey Rocks and Minerals

Part of the Geology of the National Parks, this site has descriptions and excellent photos of the main rock-forming minerals and the different types of rocks, explanations of geologic phenomena and pages on the geology of every park and national monument. Visit their website.

Meteorite Identification

If you believe you have a meteorite, the Cascade Meteorite Lab at Portland State University has an excellent step-by-step guide to help with identification: the Interactive Meteorite ID Exercise. Review this information thoroughly if you think that you have a meteorite before you do anything else. Visit their website.

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