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A piece of limonite, an ore of iron.
April 18, 2017

While not a Ferris wheel, this EarthWord is just as magnetic an attraction...

Image shows a map of U.S. states colored based on the value of their mineral industry
April 14, 2017

In 2016, these five states led the pack in mineral production, accounting for about one third of the total mineral production value for the entire country.

Image shows a hyperspectral map of deposit types
April 11, 2017

It’s not a caffeinated ghost, but this EarthWord is nearly as trippy...

Image shows a tall, triangular gray stone surrounded by grass and trees
April 7, 2017

In 2016, the United States mined $74.6 billion worth of minerals, and the following five mineral commodities accounted for 68.5 percent of that value.

Image shows a scan of a grain of pyrite rimmed with stibnite, with varying levels of arsenic shown in a color gradient. Image pr
April 6, 2017

Today’s high-end electronics increasingly rely on mineral commodities...and research into those mineral commodities is increasingly using high-end electronics too!

Close up of Fluorite
April 4, 2017

Ever wondered what the difference between a rock and a mineral was? This EarthWord should cover it...

Close up of Chalcopyrite
April 1, 2017

Think you know which mineral Fool’s Gold is? You might be fooled...

A gas plume arising from Augustine Volcano during it's eruptive phase 2005-06.
March 28, 2017

After a wildfire is extinguished, which secondary effects can occur?

Image shows a satellite view of forests in Cambodia.
March 24, 2017

In this week's Landsat view, Landsat 5 and Landsat 8 show how significant Cambodia's deforestation has been in the last few decades.