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Welcome to Earth Science Week!

October 14, 2013

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Welcome to national and international Earth Science week . “Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.”  The theme this year is geological maps, but I’m going to take the liberty of sharing other neat stuff with you as well.

The purpose to this blog today is to connect you to some of the fun stuff available out there on the internet.

One of my favorite toys is CrystalMaker. It’s a program that allows the viewer to load crystallographic information about minerals and display it, and rotate it, flip it, spin it, etc. you can download a free demo version  here. The Mineralogical Society of America maintains the Crystal Structure Database.    I download structures in cif format and import…

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