Hands-On Mineral Identification
Hands-On Mineral Identification
This multimedia “field guide” helps you to identify over 14,500 mineral names and synonyms for both beginners and serious collectors.

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You will Learn:

  • physical and optical properties of minerals
  • diagnostic characteristics that aid in hand sample identification
  • mineral structure and crystal shapes
  • formulas and classification data for over 2000 minerals
  • Dana numbers and classification for all entries
  • identify your unknown mineral by searching the mineral database

Features Include:

  • written by M. Darby Dyar, Ph.D., Mount Holyoke College; reviewed by Carl A. Francis, curator, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum; images by Dennis Tasa
  • identification information on 500 of the most common mineral species
  • animations and photographs document the physical characteristics of minerals
  • actual video demonstrations of physical property tests
  • fully narrated by the author
  • “Print Mineral Data” feature that prints an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet containing all properties for a mineral species

Grade levels:

  • 5–12 and college
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10; QuickTime is required.

Arthur Busbey - GEOTIMES (now Earth magazine)

“…another example of the company’s ability to produce top-notch multimedia programs for the Earth sciences. It is easy to use, provides cogent and clear demonstrations of basic mineralogical principles and is an incredible…resource…Tasa Graphics has done it again.”
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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