Identify Your Specimens with This Master Photo Guide
If you’re interested in rock collecting, you know that rocks you find in the real world rarely look like the polished specimens you see you rock shops or museums. In this index, you’ll find pictures of minerals like those you’ll most likely encounter in your expeditions.
This list starts with the handful of common minerals called the rock-forming minerals, followed by the most common accessory minerals—you’ll find them scattered in many different rocks but seldom in large amounts.
Next, you’ll see a set of rare or notable minerals, some of which are common in commercial rock shops.
Finally, you can check out some special galleries designed to help you to identify your specimens.