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Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen.  So What?

Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen. So What?

Q&A With Biologist, Explorer, and Deep-Sea Advocate Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.

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Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

As Curiosity gets ready to use its rock drill for the first time, we can hypothesize on what it will find.

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A Most Earthly Mineral on Mars

A Most Earthly Mineral on Mars

The planet Mars tantalizes with its resemblance to parts of Earth. Now space geologists with their trusty field assistant, the rover Opportunity, have found gypsum veins there like those in our own countryside.

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Sand: Hold a Mountain in Your Hand

Sand: Hold a Mountain in Your Hand

Sand . . . we play in it, we stroll on it, we make castles out of it, but what do we really know about it? The size, shape and location of a grain a sand can tell us a lot about it's origin, makeup and history.

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The Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz

The Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz

Twenty questions, four days to answer them, and one giveaway hint — that's what this geological quiz is about.

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What's in a Clay? Finding the right minerals for Salt Glaze Pottery

What's in a Clay? Finding the right minerals for Salt Glaze Pottery

Check out this Google map that shows clay minerals found around the U.S. and world that are commonly used in pottery.

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There's Nothing Like a Rock Show

There's Nothing Like a Rock Show

No one is above the appeal of a pretty rock. Bay Area rock-and-mineral shows will use geology's loveliest faces to entice you into Earth science.

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