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Fun Fact!

The world's second largest diamond was recently found in Botswana by Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond Corp. It measures 1,111 carats - which is about the size of a tennis ball!

Did you know?

Zinc is critical for child development. Of all the micronutrients, it has the strongest effect on our immune system.

Source: International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)

General Links

  • Indigenous Participation in Mining

    Several products produced by Natural Resources Canada's Minerals and Metals Sector, including a guides on the mining sequence and for anyone interested in obtaining employment and developing a career in mining and several bulletins on aboriginal participation in mining.
  • Canadian Atlas Online 

    Maps, themes, discussion forums, and more
  • Caving Canada 

    A site that is centralizing as much Canadian Caving, Karst and Bat information as possible.  The information here is all about natural caves in Canada, the science behind them and information on how to visit several of them.
  • Cochise College Virtual Geology Museum 

    A great collection of photos and illustrations of rocks, minerals, and more!  Copyright free if used for non-profit, educational purposes.
  • Earth as Art

    From the US Geological Survey, satellite images of Earth that look like abstract art.

    EarthCaching is a great way to learn more about our amazing Earth.  An EarthCache site is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCache sites can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.
  • Earth Science World Image Bank 

    An immense collection of high-quality images of scientists and miners at work, rocks and minerals, scientific equipment, diagrams, mountains, volcanoes, etc Copyright free if used for non-profit, educational purposes
  • Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities

    A resource which informs Aboriginal communities across Canada about the stages of the mining cycle from early exploration to mine closure. It helps Aboriginal peoples learn about mining activities and identify the many opportunities that mining can bring to their communities
  • Gem Hut

    An index of gemstones and photos of cut minerals and uncut specimens.
  • Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth

    Detailed information on the physical and biological history of the Earth through all of geologic time from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

    US site full of goodies, including geology stories, geology terms, career information, and satellite images of Canada
  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

    US National Science Foundation sponsored site with seismic data from around the world.
  • Mineral Galleries 

    An index of minerals plus information
  • Rio Tinto Video Library

    A series of excellent downloadable videos about mining operations.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Geology, Gems and Minerals  

    On-line exhibits, tools, news, and collections
  • The Virtual Cave 

    Information and images of the world of caves.
  • The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

    The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom is a free informational and educational guide to rocks, minerals, gemstones, and jewelry. The site provides detailed information and excellent photos of each mineral and gemstone cataloged in their database.

  • Let's Rock Ontario

    This site shows on a map interesting locations in Ontario, such as:

    • Earth Shattering Events
    • Fossils
    • Ice Age
    • Rocks and Minerals
    • etc.

    An initiative of Minalliance, is an online space for questions and answers, information and conversations about the Quebec mining industry.

Sites for Youth

  • NASA Space Place

    NASA kid-focused Web site about Earth and Space.
  • Rocks for Kids 

    For kids of all ages who love rocks
  • Science Spot Kid Zone 

    Great info on all kinds of sciences, including Earth science
  • Volcano World 

    Everything you want to know about volcanoes 
  • Manitoba Rocks!

    A Manitoba website bringing geoscience to kids, teens...everyone!  It is a public information source about Manitoba's second largest primary resource industry – minerals and petroleum.
  • Discover the Fun of Backyard Geology

    Step into the shoes of a geologist as you explore the rocks and minerals in your own backyard or neighborhood

  • Earth How

    What is the geological time scale? How do volcanoes form igneous rocks? What does a geologist do? Learn about these and much more at this kid-friendly website.
  • A Career in Geology

    Learn about the work of a geologist and why rocks and minerals matter. Plus, other links to geology-related activities.