Mineralogy Links

Index of topics:

  1. Mineralogy and Crystallography resources pages
  2. Mineralogy Organisations and Institutions
  3. Mineralogy Journals
  4. Databases
  5. Images of Minerals
  6. Museum sites
  7. Educational sites
  8. Software
  9. "Rockhound" pages
  10. Gemmology

Mineralogy and Crystallography resources pages

Links for Mineralogists, Würzburg University, Germany. A very thorough set of links maintained by Klaus-Peter Kelber.

Mineralogical Society of America Web Resources

Mineralogy and Petrology Research on the Web. Andrea Koziol, University of Dayton

ATHENA MINERALOGY Links to Earth Sciences sites

YAHOO Mineralogy Directory


Mineralogy Organisations and Institutions

Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. http://www.minersoc.org/

Mineralogical Society of America. http://www.minsocam.org/

Further lists: see the resource pages above.

Natural History Museum - Mineralogy


Mineralogy Journals

See lists of journal links at:

American Mineralogist http://www.minsocam.org/MSA/AmMin/AmMineral.html

Canadian Mineralogist http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/mineral/mineralogist.html

European Journal of Mineralogy http://www.schweizerbart.de/j/ejm/

Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00410/

Mineralogy and Petrology http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00710/

Physics and Chemistry of Minerals http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00269/index.htm

Swiss Bulletin of Mineralogy and Petrology (SMPM) http://therion.minpet.unibas.ch/aliens/smpm/default.html

The Mineralogical Record http://www.minrec.org/index.html



Mineralogy Database by David A Barthelmy
4339 individual mineral species, with data, descriptions and links (Aug 2003).

Mindat.org by Jolyon Ralph.
Large database of minerals (>25000 claimed), localities, photographs.

MinMax - Mineral Information System

ATHENA Mineralogy, Switzerland
Mineral database sorted either alphabetically or systematically, also a search program for mineral names (including varieties) and mineral formula for elements or element groups.

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
Contains data for all mineral structural determinations published in American Mineralogist, Canadian Mineralogist and European Journal of Mineralogy.

Earth Lab Datasite Natural History Museum (London), rock, mineral and fossil database


Images of Minerals

The Mineral Gallery, Amethyst Galleries, Inc. "The First Internet Rock Shop!"
A collection of mineral descriptions and images including searchable mineralogical data, plus other information of interest. Inline GIF images (size about 10k) usually are linked to larger JPEG images (averaging 30k).

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom:
An interactive guide to Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones. designed, created, and maintained by Hershel Friedman.

Mineral Gallery, theimage.com
Gallery of mineral specimen images, quite extensive.

WebMineral : Atlas minéralogique. (in French)
Excellent illustrated mineral database.

Museum of Mineralogy, Ecole de Mines de Paris
A large catalogue. Crystallographic data are given, and illustrations are available for about half the minerals.

The Clausthal Mineral Collection
Photographs (ca. 93 of them!) from the famous Clausthal Mineral Collection.
Big new catalogue in German at http://www.immr.tu-clausthal.de/labs/mineral/catalog/welcome.htm

Smithsonian Gem & Mineral Collection via the University of Bremen

Search the Smithsonian mineral collections

Minerals under the microscope

Virtual Atlas of Opaque and Ore Minerals in their Associations
Sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration


Museum sites

Museums with mineralogical collections, in particular those with illustrative or interactive content.

Natural History Museum (London) - Mineralogy

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Some searchable online collections, some online displays. Watch this space.



Introductory and systematic mineralogy

Worth Publishers, Geologylink: Chapter 2, Minerals.
Links to Mineralogy course materials.

Jeremy's Mineral Quizzer
This is an electronic way of testing and/or improving your working knowledge of mineral names and their formulas.


Crystallography and Mineral Crystal Systems
Mike Howard & Darcy Howard, Bob´s Rock Shop: An illustrated, nine-part primer on crystallography and mineral crystal systems.

Introduction to Crystal Structures
University of Queensland. Uses VRML demonstrations. [Not found Sept 98]

Crystallographic CourseWare
Symmetry elements, plane groups, unit cell and asymmetric units etc. Margaret E. Kastner, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University.

Crystal structures of silicates
Darmstadt Technical University Chemistry Dept.

X Ray Diffraction

The Web Accessible Diffractometer
More than a simple demonstration of technology, this site provides a useful tool for teaching and doing X-ray diffraction at places that don't have the necessary equipment.

Teaching Diffraction with the Aid of Computer Simulations
Thomas Proffen & Reinhard Neder, Department of Crystallography, Munich, Germany. Also available via Research School of Chemistry, Canberra, Australia and Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Great Britain

X-Ray Diffraction
Wilson Group, University of California, San Diego. Main chapters are: Introduction to diffraction, how diffraction works, crystals, and other techniques in diffraction.

Optical Mineralogy

Research, teaching, and fun in Optical Mineralogy from Mickey Gunter, University of Idaho
Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy. Course home page.

Minerals under the microscope
Optical mineralogy teaching aid from the University of Bristol, based on the OU virtual microscope and the UKESCC Optical Mineralogy module, with explanations of colour and pleochroism, interference colours, extinction angle, relief, opacity, etc.



Geological Software. from Erlangen, Germany
Mainly for Windows and much of it relating to X-ray mineralogy, but growing into a very useful software archive for mineralogical and structural programs.

ATHENA SCIENCE, Scientific Shareware. Annotated list.

Bob's Rock Shop software page
Software for Rockhounds. Mineral database and identification software.

Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium:
Mineralogy Software. Annotated index to some mineralogy, gemmology and crystallography software.


"Rockhound" pages

Links for Mineralogists: Rock Hounding ...

Bob's Rock Shop

The Norwegian Rockhound

Canadian Rockhound
An internet magazine with articles. No subscription necessary.

Association Française de Microminéralogie
French Association of Micromineralogy), maintained by Philippe Saget



Links for Mineralogists: Gemology

GEMMOLOGY WORLD: Canadian Institute of Gemmology
Includes electronic library of gems, virtual store, electronic magazine,etc..

Gemology and Lapidary pages by John F. Miller, hosted by Tradeshop Inc.
http://www.tradeshop.com/gems/Index.html and also at

Gemology Stuff
- information-rich site, of former mineral dealership. By Jamie Foster.