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Minerals, Crystals and Gems : Stepping Stones into Inquiry
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Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History Website 
The mission of the department is to study the origin and evolution of the Earth and solar system, Earth processes and their products, and the effects of geologic and meteoritic phenomena on Earth's atmosphere and biosphere. Its Website details the department's research interests, collections, outreach programs and exhibitions.

Books and Teaching Guides

Cuff, K., and C. Sneider, L. Bergman, A. Gould, and J. Seltzer. Stories in Stone, Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Program. Berkeley, California: Lawrence Hall of Science, 1996.

Pellent, C., H. Taylor, and H. Pelland. Rocks and Minerals, Eyewitness Handbooks. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992.

Post, J. E. The National Gem Collection, Smithsonian Institution (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997).

Symes, R. F. Rocks and Minerals, Eyewitness Books. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1988.

Electronic Resources

National Mining Association Website

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom:
An Interactive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones

Mineralogical Society of America

The Mineral Gallery 
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