Earth Science / Geology

Locations for Rocks and Mineral info. In Virginia


Ask a Geologist– USGS


Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
Virginia Division ofGeology and Mineral Resources (DGMR)
Fontaine Research Park, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 500
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (804) 951-6340


A listing of publications available for purchase from DMMR
Educational Materials for Geology
Geologic Materials
Mineral Resource Materials



Association of American State Geologists (AASG)
State pages –
Earth Science Education



Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources
Becky Norton Dunlop
P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, Virginia 23212
(804) 786-0044 Fax (804) 371-8333



U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – Home Page
registry of Earth and Environmental Science Internet resources
(USGS) Water Resources of Virginia
Virginia State Fact Sheet Information about Virginia
Identification of Acid Mine Drainage at Contrary Creek, Louisa County, Virginia
USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)



George Washington and Jefferson National Forests – Forest Location Map



American Geological Institute(AGI)



American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)



Office of Surface Mining
Federal offices responsible for activities in Virginia and Index of all Office of Surface Mining web site information.







Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
University of Richmond, Richmond VA 23173
Telephone Number: 804-289-8460
Fax Number: 804-287-6467

Hours  Directions and Parking


 LORA ROBINS GALLERY of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums. Promotes an awareness and appreciation of Nature. Collections of gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils and seashells in scientific groupings and with displays relating natural history to countries and cultures. Exceptional display of Bohemia and Oriental porcelains. Hours: M-F, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hours subject to change without notice. Free. Ample Parking. Located on Richmond Way near the lake. For information, call 289-8237.



D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History
Eastern Mennonite University – 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA


The D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History, was established in 1968. It is available free to the public on select Sundays.  It houses more than 6,000 items, including anthropology artifacts; botanical specimens; fossils; marine life; minerals; crystals and gems; rocks, fluorescent rocks and  minerals. It also has mounted heads of American and African game mammals; East African birds; Virginia birds, nests and eggs; Virginia and international insects.

Stone Cross Mountain Museum
located just out of Martinsville, Virginia
on highway 58 west, two miles from highway 220 Bypass
Staurolite Crystals of Patrick County, VA
A Natural Wonder!


Virginia Museum of Natural History
1001 Douglas Ave., Martinsville VA 24112
How Nature Works: Rocks
University of Virginia Branch of the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH), Charlottesville, VA.


 Rocks and Minerals of Virginia – KITS (Kids Investigating Technology and Science) is a collection of teaching materials from VMNH


The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History – Blacksburg
Upcoming Programs – Research Collections


James Madison University Mineral Museum – Harrisonburg
Museum Announcement:
In December, 2005, the James Madison University Mineral Museum was moved out of Miller Hall due to major building renovations.



Walton’s Mountain Museum – Schuyler



Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Richmond
Other partner museums, art centers, and arts associations throughout Virginia



Science Museum of Virginia – Richmond



The Museum of Geological Sciences – Va. Tech
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Derring Hall, Museum of Geological Sciences
2062 Derring Hall, Virginia Tech
Hours: 8-4 Monday-Friday
Free Admission

Collections and museums on the Web






James Madison University
Department of Geology and Environmental Studies



Virginia Western Community College

Department of Geological Sciences


Virginia Tech
Department of Geological Sciences
Environmental Engineering and Sciences Program of the Civil Engineering Department
Acid Mine Drainage



The College of William and Mary
Department of Geology
Virginia Geology



Virginia Military Institute
Iron Manufacturing in the 19th Century Shenandoah Valley

“The How’s and Why’s of Iron”
Geological Cycles of IronOres


Washington and Lee University
Department of Geology


George Mason University
Geography of Virginia



Radford University
Department of Geology
Radford University Geological Society



Old Dominion University Dept. of Oceanography
University of Virginia Dept. of Environmental Sciences
Virginia Institute of Marine Science




Other Links



George Washington National Forest Home Page



University of California at Santa Cruz –  The Appalachian Mountains


Physiographic Provinces of Virginia
Glossary : Physical Geography



WWW Servers in the UnidataCommunity
Enabling Campuses to Acquire and Analyze
Atmospheric Data



Mineralogy & Crystallography
Museums & Exhibits



Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium
Dana’s New Mineralogy

Errata file at thier site
In November 1997 the 8th edition of Dana’s classic ‘System of Mineralogy’ appeared under the title ‘Dana’s New Mineralogy’.