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I went into geology because I like being outdoors, and because everybody in geology seemed, well, they all seemed like free spirits or renegades or something. You know, climbing mountains and hiking deserts and stuff.

― Kathy B. Steele, Rocks That Float

This is your launch pad for everything to do with geology--especially in the context of a truly exciting lifelong learning adventure.. Of course you can learn a lot of stuff here because we're loading up with geology resources of all sorts. It's a learning experience, of course; but  that's only part of the purpose here. You need to find your own place in geology--the place that gets you excited enough to sell out to it. Naturally, there are some career implications; but if you take care of doing what you really love to do, the career thing is going to take care of itself.



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Simplified Study Map for General Geology

1 Plate Tectonics
2 Minerals
3 Rock Groups
4 Igneous Rocks
5 Volcanoes
6 Sediments and Soils
7 Sedimentary Rocks
8 Metamorphism
9 The Rock Cycle
10 Earthquakes
11 The Earth's Interior
12 Crustal Deformations and Mountains
13 Geologic Time
14 Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle
15 Landslides and Mass Movements
16 Streams and Floods
17 Oceans and Coasts
18 Groundwater
19 Deserts
20 Glaciers and Ice Ages

 

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Minerals

  1. Andalusite
  2. Anhydrite
  3. Apatite
  4. Arsenopyrite
  5. Augite
  6. Azurite
  7. Barite
  8. Bauxite
  9. Benitoite
  10. Beryl
  11. Biotite
  12. Bornite
  13. Calcite
  14. Cassiterite
  15. Chalcocite
  16. Chalcopyrite
  17. Chlorite
  18. Chromite
  19. Chrysoberyl
  20. Cinnabar
  21. Clinozoisite
  22. Copper
  23. Cordierite
  24. Corundum
  25. Cuprite
  26. Diamond
  27. Diopside
  28. Dolomite
  29. Enstatite
  30. Epidote
  1. Fluorite
  2. Fuchsite
  3. Galena
  4. Garnet
  5. Glauconite
  6. Gold
  7. Graphite
  8. Gypsum
  9. Halite
  10. Hematite
  11. Hornblende
  12. Ilmenite
  13. Jadeite
  14. Kyanite
  15. Limonite
  16. Magnesite
  17. Magnetite
  18. Malachite
  19. Marcasite
  20. Molybdenite
  21. Monazite
  22. Muscovite
  23. Nepheline
  24. Nephrite
  25. Olivine
  26. Orthoclase
  27. Plagioclase
  28. Prehnite
  29. Pyrite
  30. Pyrophyllite
  1. Pyrrhotite
  2. Quartz
  3. Rhodochrosite
  4. Rhodonite
  5. Rutile
  6. Scapolite
  7. Serpentine
  8. Siderite
  9. Sillimanite
  10. Silver
  11. Sodalite
  12. Sphalerite
  13. Spinel
  14. Spodumene
  15. Staurolite
  16. Sulfur
  17. Sylvite
  18. Talc
  19. Titanite
  20. Topaz
  21. Tourmaline
  22. Turquoise
  23. Uraninite
  24. Witherite
  25. Wollastonite
  26. Zircon
  27. Zoisite

Rocks (Metamorphic)

  1. Aa Volcanic
  2. Andesite
  3. Anorthosite
  4. Basalt
  5. Diorite
  6. Dunite
  7. Felsite
  8. Gabbro
  9. Granite
  1. Granodiorite
  2. Komatiite
  3. Lapillistone
  4. Latite
  5. Obsidian
  6. Pahoehoe
  7. Pegmatite
  8. Peridotite
  9. Perlite
  1. Porphyry
  2. Pumice
  3. Pyroxenite
  4. Quartz Monzonite
  5. Rhyolite
  6. Scoria
  7. Syenite
  8. Tonalite
  9. Troctolite
  10. Tuff

Rocks (Igneous)

  1. Anorthosite
  2. Aplite
  3. Basalt
  4. Basanite
  5. Boninite
  6. Carbonatite
  7. Charnockite
  8. Dacite
  9. Diabase
  10. Diorite
  11. Dunite
  12. Essexite
  13. Foidolite
  14. Gabbro
  15. Granite
  16. Granodiorite
  17. Granophyre
  18. Harzburgite
  19. Hornblendite
  20. Hyaloclastite
  1. Icelandite
  2. Ignimbrite
  3. Ijolite
  4. Kimberlite
  5. Komatiite
  6. Lamproite
  7. Lamprophyre
  8. Latite
  9. Lherzolite
  10. Monzogranite
  11. Monzonite
  12. Nepheline Syenite
  13. Nephelinite
  14. Norite
  15. Obsidian
  16. Pegmatite
  17. Peridotite
  18. Phonolite 
  19. Picrite 
  20. Porphyry 
  1. Pumice 
  2. Pyroxenite 
  3. Quartz Diorite 
  4. Quartz Monzonite 
  5. Rhyodacite 
  6. Rhyolite 
  7. Scoria 
  8. Sovite 
  9. Syenite 
  10. Tachylyte 
  11. Tephrite 
  12. Tonalite 
  13. Trachyandesite 
  14. Trachyte 
  15. Troctolite 
  16. Trondhjemite 
  17. Tuff 
  18. Websterite
  19. Wehrlite

Rocks (Sedimentary)

  1. Argillite
  2. Arkoseion 
  3. Breccia
  4. Chalk
  5. Chert
  6. Claystone
  7. Coal
  8. Conglomerate
  9. Coquina
  10. Diamictite
  11. Diatomite
  1. Dolomite
  2. Evaporite
  3. Flint
  4. Greywacke
  5. Gritstone
  6. Itacolumite
  7. Jaspillite
  8. Laterite
  9. Lignit 
  10. Limeston 
  11. Marl
  1. Mudstone
  2. Oil Shale
  3. Oolite
  4. Sandstone
  5. Shale
  6. Siltstone
  7. Tillite
  8. Travertine
  9. Tufa
  10. Turbidite
  11. Wackestone

 

 

 

 

 

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015