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Amateur Geology

Below you can find a ton of useful online resources that will help you learn your new hobby. We go through each link one by one and try to only include free sites with terrific content. If you find a broken link please help us out by contacting us so that we can remove it.

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Minerals.net- One of the leading online resource for minerals and gemstones.

Mineral Town - This online resource has info on minerals, gems, rocks, fossils. Look under the left hand side for basic collecting information.

Mindat.org- The webs largest mineral reference site and database.

Mineralogy Database - Another terrific online database with images and descriptions of over 4,000 mineral species.

The Image - This online resource has picture galleries with over 600 pictures.

Amethyst Gallery- Detailed Amethyst site with a picture gallery.

Rock Collecting sites - This comprehensive list lists rock collecting resources in dozens of states and Canada.

Valuable Stones -  Online resource dedicated to Gemstones collecting. Includes great articles.

Dmoz - Rock and Mineral - The online directory area with links to Rock and Mineral collecting.

Dmoz - Fossil Collecting - Dmoz category with all types of fossil collecting links.