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Rock Collecting for Kids


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All About Geology

  • Our Earth
  • Inside the Earth
  • Landforms and Tectonic Plates
  • Weathering
  • Examples of Weathering
  • Caves
  • Sinkholes, Cenotes, and More
  • Glaciers
  • Rock Formations


  • What Makes a Mineral?
  • How Minerals Form
  • Crystals
  • How Crystal Formation Happens
  • What Do Minerals Look Like?
  • The Many Forms a Mineral Can Take
  • Crystal Shapes
  • Mineral Colors
  • Streak Color
  • Luster
  • Hardness
  • Identifying Your Find (with an adult's help)
  • The Mohs Hardness Scale


  • All About Rocks
  • What's in a Rock?
  • Rocks: What's on the Ground and How Did It Get There?
  • Igneous Rocks
  • How Volcanoes Work
  • Cooling Down
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Metamorphic Rocks

How to Identify Rocks and Minerals

Rock Collecting Basics

  • Where to Look
  • Range Maps for Common Rocks
  • A Guide to Common Rocks

Mineral Collecting Basics

  • Where to Look
  • Range Maps for Common Minerals
  • A Guide to Common Minerals
  • Minerals Found Mostly in Rocks

Agates, Fossils, and Dyed Crystals

  • Rare and Popular Collectibles
  • Agates
  • Thunder Eggs
  • Geodes
  • Fluorescent Minerals
  • Fossils
  • Natural Stones Commonly Found in Rock Shops
  • Dyed Stones Commonly Found in Rock Shops
  • Dyed Minerals

Frequently Asked Questions

About Rock Collecting


Rocks and Mineral Journal

About the Author

About the Author

Dan R. Lynch has a degree in graphic design with emphasis on photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. But before his love of art and writing came a passion for rocks and minerals, developed during his lifetime growing up in his parents' rock shop in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Combining the two aspects of his life seemed a natural choice, and he enjoys researching, writing about, and taking photographs of rocks and minerals. Working with his father, Bob Lynch, a respected veteran of Lake Superior's agate-collecting community, Dan spearheads their series of rock and mineral field guides-definitive guidebooks that help amateurs "decode" the complexities of geology and mineralogy. He also takes special care to ensure that his photographs complement the text and always represent each rock or mineral exactly as it appears in person. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Julie, where he works as a writer and photographer.

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