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Digital Dig Free Virtual Excavation  (Y,M)
Embark on a virtual excavation and earn free rocks, fossils, minerals, shells and more! The Excavating Adventures Digital Dig program is entirely free to enjoy and shipping is even free to US addresses. You begin your journey by choosing a quest. Each quest has numerous opportunities to learn scientific facts and other information. You will discover new and interesting information while exploring the Excavating Adventures website that can immediately be used to answer trivia for points. Points accumulate quickly that you can then exchange for real rock, mineral, fossil specimens and more. Collect enough points and you can even earn an excavation kit.

Here on Earth  (T)
The purpose of Here on Earth "is to explain the Earth science of every region of the United States. We are beginning with coverage of the northeastern United States, focusing upon upstate New York and western Pennsylvania. This area, known as the “Inland Basin” for the shallow sea that once covered it, shares a geologic history that explains the rock layers and landforms we observe today. The Paleontological Research Institution, which brings you Earth@Home, is based in this region." The website also includes Earth Science and Ancient Life digital encyclopedias for reference, as well as a virtual collection of over 500 interactive 3D models of fossil specimens from their collections and museum exhibits.

Google Earth  (Y,M,O,T)
Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

RockHoundKids.com  (Y)
The place for kids who love rocks.

Indentify Rock Types Game  (Y,M)
This game was designed to help students learn about rock types. From Kids Geo.com

Virtual Field Trips in Geoscience  (Y,M,O,T)
From The Virtual Geosciences Professor's Course Resources

MineralTown.com  (Y,M,O,T)
Rocks, mineral and fossil collecting information with articles, photos, videos, web directory, search engine and free classified ads.

The First Collection - Minerals  (Y,M,O,T)
A quick reference for beginning collectors to include the nine structure and chemical composition classifications of a collection.

Kids Geo. com  (Y,M)
A Study of The Earth And Her People. Learn about Geology and Geography For Kids with KidsGeo.com.

Virtual and On-line Geologic Field Trip Guides  (Y,M,O,T)
Virtual Field Trip Guides for the United States and Canada

Geology Online lesson plans  (Y,M,O,T)
Lesson plans for K-12 teachers to integraste earth science and anthropology into lessons.

Science in a bag Lesson: Light and Crystals  (M)
To use hydro-gel crystals in a hands-on activity to study light refraction through two media. Also, to stimulate critical thinking. Upper Elementary and Middle School Age Children

You've Got to Be Cool to Make Igneous Rocks   (M)
Lesson plan for grades 7-9

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