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columnar basalt on the icelandic coast

East of Reykjavik, Iceland lies the mountain, Hengill. Hengill was formed from a Palagomite tuff, it is a central volcano and has a giant magma chamber beneath it. When thick basalt lava flows cool, t(Cool Places In The World)

Sleeping Pele, a lava flow on Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Sleeping Pele, a natural lava flow on Big Island, Hawaii, USA. Been to other islands but never the big island

Angel Aura (cactus)  quartz crystal

Intuitive sources say Angel Aura Quartz helps bring one into the higher realms in meditation, facilitating conscious contact with angels, spirit guides and inner realm teachers. It is said to assist.

Lovely geologic timeline

What is the geologic time scale timeline drawing by Ray Troll. Great site for helping students understand the time scale!

Released to Public: The Mineral Moon (NASA/JPL) This mosaic of 53 images was recorded by the Jupiter-bound Galileo spacecraft as it passed near our own large natural satellite in 1992. The pictures were recorded through three spectral filters and combined in an exaggerated false-color scheme to explore the composition of the lunar surface as changes in mineral content produce subtle color differences in reflected light.

Released to Public: The Mineral Moon (NASA/JPL) This mosaic of 53 images was recorded by the Jupiter-bound Galileo spacecraft as it passed near our own large natural satellite in The pictures were recorded through three spectral filters and combined

Fluorite

Fluorite = a truly beautiful 'gem' of Mother Nature ( in more ways than one !

fire agate

Seriously want one of these for my collection! Fire Agate, a variety of chalcedony with an ancient and fiery beginning, is a semi-precious natural gemstone found only in certain areas of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

The Mohs scale of mineral hardness characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. It was created in 1812 by the German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs and is one of several definitions of hardness in materials science.

The Mohs scale of mineral hardness characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. It was created in 1812 by the German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs

A Petoskey stone is a limestone made of fossilized coral from the Paleozoic era.

A Petoskey stone .is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral that lived 350 million years ago. The rocks rounded in the surf along the shores of Lake Michigan near Petoskey, Michigan.

Moldavite is a bottle-green translucent stone that is a spiritual talisman. Scientists postulate that a meteor shower in Germany some 15-20 million years ago liquified the landscape where the meteors landed, forming fused glass at very high heat, which was then ejected from the meteor craters in Germany and propelled hundreds of miles away, landing in the Moldau Valley (Vltava) of Czechoslovakia -- site of the only moldavite known to exist.

Sapphire Gemstones More rare than rubies or sapphires, moldavite is a bottle-green translucent stone that is a spiritual talisman.

Lake Superior Thunderegg

Lake Superior Thunderegg, the stuff of Native American legend. Have to check into that.

Rare cave pearls fill dried-out terrace pools in Hang Son Doong, Vietnam. This unusually large collection of stone spheres formed drip by drip over the centuries as calcite crystals left behind by water, layered themselves around grains of sand, enlarging over time.

Cave pearls fill dried-out terrace pools in Hang Son Doong, Vietnam. The stone spheres formed drip by drip over the centuries as calcite crystals left behind by water, layered themselves around grains of sand, enlarging over time.

Seven colored earth, Chamarel, on the volcanic island of Mauritius, which is east of Madagascar.  ~ truly, wow.

Seven colored earth, Chamarel, on the volcanic island of Mauritius, which is east of Madagascar - Beautiful Amazing World Photos

Fossilized Pregnant Ray

Not paleontology necessarily but how cool is this fossilized pregnant ray?

Awesome interactive geologic/paleontological map of North America

Interactive geologic map of North America! Just tap the screen for more details as to the history of the continent, dating back over a billion years.

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