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Date published: April 28, 2017

Hazard a Guess? The riskiest science quiz you will ever take!

Which U.S. State or territory has more large earthquakes than the rest of the United States combined?

Date published: April 25, 2017

EarthWord–Placer

Whether you pan for gold or rare earths, you’ll get a lot of sand...and this EarthWord!

Date published: April 18, 2017

EarthWord–Ferrous

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

Date published: April 14, 2017

The Top 5 Mineral-Producing States

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.

Date published: April 11, 2017

EarthWord–Hyperspectral

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

Date published: April 7, 2017

The Top 5 U.S. Minerals by Production Value

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.

Date published: April 6, 2017

How an Electron Microprobe Helps Find Minerals (and Makes Pretty Pictures!)

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

Date published: April 4, 2017

EarthWord–Rock vs. Mineral

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

Date published: April 2, 2017

Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America, Near Town of Center

Today, Landsat shows us the evolution of the coal industry near North America & North Dakota’s Center...