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Utah: Rocks and Minerals Discuss this eTheme.

These sites are about the different types of rocks and minerals found in Utah. Learn about the offical state rock, mineral, and gem. Includes a map showing Utah’s mineral deposits. There are also many suggested hands-on activities. Find out how you can have a toolbox of Utah rocks and minerals sent to your classroom. There are also videos about rocks and minerals; how they are made, identified and classified. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on rocks and minerals.

Grades

  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

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Here are some activity ideas plus more information about landforms and types of rocks found in Utah.
Here are descriptions of minerals found in Utah.
This map lists the location of Utah's mineral deposits.
Read about Utah's state rock, mineral, and gem. Unfortunately, the site doesn't include photographs.
This lesson plan written by Utah teachers has students learn how to classify rocks and minerals.
This lesson focuses on minerals: their characterisitcs and uses. Includes: learning outcomes, background, materials, procedures, and extension activity.
Explore the geology of Utah via this QuickTime Virtual Reality movie.
This video gives a basic explanation for how each of the three types of rocks are made. (Total Running Time: 0:58) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
This video discusses how crystals form. (Total Running Time: 2:44) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
This video looks at the three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. (Total Running Time: 3:09) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
This video explores how to classify rocks according to type. (Total Running Time: 1:00) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
This video discusses how to identify minerals. (Total Running Time: 3:23) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
This video provides a quick overview of identifying several common minerals. (Total Running Time: 8:27) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.)
Use the letters at the top to browse this extensive alphabetical listing of rocks and minerals.
Learn about geological maps, how to read them, and why they are important.
Explore these many sites for general information on rocks and minerals. Includes hands-on activities, online games, many photographs, and animated movies. Learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and some of the more common minerals. There are links to eThemes Resources on fossils and erosion.

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