*If the room is locked, then you will have to find an instructor or lab tech to let you in. Many (but not all) of the chemistry instructors and lab techs will let you in. If they can't or won't unlock the door, come to the Earth Science Offices (building #37) and an instructor or the Earth Science lab tech (Julie Burcham) should be able let you in. A box of mineral and rock specimens are also available to examine at the library limited loan desk and in the Earth Science workroom 37-300A2.
Mineral Pictures This is the power point I showed in class.
Practice Mineral Quiz Good practice, but it will not score your results until you identify all the properties.
Rock Exam Tips Pictures of potentially confusing rocks.
Windows Versions (These executable files are the most trouble free versions for Windows users.)
Contouring Exercise - Contouring.exe
Strike and Dip - Strike and Dip v3.6.exe
Geologic History Exercise 1 - GeoHist1.exe
Geologic History Exercise 2 - GeoHist2.exe
Geologic History Exercise 3 - GeoHist3.exe (Note: Exercise 3 should work with Windows 7 or 8 but several error messages often pop up on. Just close them all and the program should run anyway. It may not work at all with Windows 10. In which case you will have to open the Shockwave version in Firefox.)
Shockwave Versions (These run in a browser on Windows and some older Mac systems. Must use FIREFOX and have or install Shockwave*)
Contouring Exercise - Contouring
Strike and Dip - Strike and Dip v3.6
Geologic History Exercise 1 - GeoHist1
Geologic History Exercise 2 - GeoHist2
Geologic History Exercise 3 - GeoHist3
*Important: When installing the Shockwave Player you must select the full (not slim) version and the appropriate operating system (i.e. Windows or Macintosh_OSX).
Geo History Ex This is the original (DOS!) version of the geologic history exercise. Don't laugh, these graphics were state of the art in 1990.
Minerals; Igneous Rocks; Sedimentary Rocks; Metamorphic Rocks
Goggle Earth Plate Tectonics Lab.pdf
Websites with good mineral and rock pictures:
Lynn Fichter's Mineral and Rock Pages at JMU
Here is a link to a great structure website: