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Classroom Collection of Rocks and Minerals, 50 Specimens

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This deluxe rock collection for classrooms set of 50 number-coded loose 1" specimens is ideal for classroom use for all earth science studies. A great variety of rocks & minerals for your students to handle. Read More

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This deluxe rock collection for classrooms comes with a set of 50 number-coded unmounted 1" specimens is ideal for all earth science studies. Specimens include examples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, ores, and gemstones. Nine of the ten hardness levels from the Mohs scale of hardness are included (all but diamond, the hardest). A cardboard storage box with a compartmented tray and Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones: an Introductory Study Guide are included. This rock collection for classrooms is the perfect educational tool to help engage students in a hands-on way.

The 16-page Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones: an Introductory Study Guide has basic introductory information on many, but not all, of the rock and mineral specimens in this rock collection for classrooms. It is organized into sections on mineral properties, metallic minerals, nonmetallic minerals, rock forming minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, and gemstones. It also has charts on the rock cycle and on classification of the three types of rocks.

NOTE: This rocks and minerals kit contains galena. Galena is a form of lead sulfide, a compound that occurs commonly in the earth’s crust. The National Center for Environment Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has indicated that skin contact with “Galena” is NOT dangerous. Nonetheless, to avoid any potential ingestion, people should always wash their hands after handling Galena.




Classroom Collection of Rocks and Minerals, 50 Specimens

The exact specimens in the set might vary slightly based on availability, but a typical specimen list is provided below.

Sedimentary Rocks

Rock-forming Minerals
  • Conglomerate
  • Microline
  • Sandstone
  • Plagioclase
  • Banded Sandstone
  • Hornblende
  • Shale
  • Muscovite
  • Oil Shale
  • Biotite
  • Travertine (Calcareous Tufa)
  • Quartz
  • Limestone
  • Calcite
Ores of Common Metals and Non-Metals Igneous Rocks
  • Phosphate Ore-Apatite (Triphylite)
  • Pumice
  • Gold Ore
  • Obsidian
  • Silver Ore
  • Scoria
  • Copper Ore
  • Basalt
  • Soil Conditioner (Vermiculite/Chalcopyrite)
  • Andesite (Porphyry)
  • Manganese Ore (Pyrolusite)
  • Granite
  • Lead Ore (Galena)
  • Rhyolite
  • Sulfur Ore (Sulfur/Sphalerite)
  • Iron Ore (Hematite)
Metamorphic Rocks
  • Iron Ore (Magnetite)
  • Serpentine
  • Aluminum Ore (Bauxite)
  • Slate
  • Lubricant (Graphite/Molybdenite)
  • Quartzite
  • Titanium Ore (Ilmenite/Beryl)
  • Gneiss
  • Barium Ore (Barite)
  • Talc Schist
  • Fluorine (Fluorite)
  • Schist
  • Plaster of Paris (Gypsum)
  • Marble
  • Anthracite Coal
  • Petrified Wood
  • Agate
  • Jasper
  • Rose Quartz
  • Corundum


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