Rock Hound Rules 2014

Practice Tournament - Saturday, April 5th
Macomb Tournament - Saturday, May 3rd

Meeting #1

Today we looked at Minerals. What makes a mineral & how do we identify them?


Mineral Properties(Mineral properties Powerpoint)

Meeting #2

Mineralogy4Kids
This week you need to begin creating your own mineral chart. Please focus on the minerals in the packet I handed out this week. It includes:
  • Galena
  • Copper
  • Bornite
  • Pyrite
  • Graphite
  • Hematite
  • Biotite (Mica)
  • Muscovite (Mica)
  • Lepidolite (Mica)

This can be used to create your own chart. The first page is a sample and the second one includes an empty template to make your own. Your chart can look any way you feel comfortable with.

Mineral Identification - This is a wonderful site with most of the information needed to complete your chart. There are great photos.

Meeting #3

During the next two weeks you need to focus on creating your mineral chart for the rest of the minerals.
  • Kaolinite
  • Talc
  • Feldspar - pink
  • Halite
  • Fluorite
  • Calcite
  • Gypsum (Selenite)
  • Gypsum (Satin-spar)
  • Quartz (Amethyst)
  • Quartz (Crystal)
  • Quartz (Rose)
  • Quartz (Milky)
  • Quartz (Smoky)
  • Quartz (Citrine)
  • Quartz (Chert)

At the next meeting, Friday, February 28th I will have a quiz on mineral properties and I will have you take a practice test just like you will experience in competition. Please make sure you bring your mineral chart. You will need it.

Metting #4

Rocks are:
  • Solid
  • Naturally occurring
  • Made of minerals & other substances

external image Plates.jpg

Mountain Building - Convergent Boundaries
Transform, Divergent & Convergent Boundaries
Convergent Boundary - Continental & Continental
Plate Tectonic Video

How are rocks formed?
Rocks for kids
Pictures of each rock type
Types of Rocks

Igneous rocks: Formed from the cooling of magma or lava
  • Pumice
  • Basalt
  • Scoria
  • Granite
  • Obsidian

Rock Identification Chart.doc

Igneous Rocks.doc