Website Links:

World of Minerals - Why study minerals? What is "Standard Mineral Set"?

Mineral Properties - What are physical properties & how do we use them for ID?

Index of Minerals - STUDY these! High resolution photos of ACC std minerals.

Austin Minerals - Where to see spectacular collections in Austin & how to build your own.

About - the author of this website.

Mineral Identification

Mineral specimens are available for students to study in the laboratory facilities at most of the Austin Community College (ACC) campuses, except when campuses are closed. These images are provided to supplement the labs for GEOL-1403 [Physical Geology], and for virtual learning and study when necessary (e.g., pandemics). The photographer uses professional equipment, macro enhancement techniques and software (Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®) to produce more useful high resolution images for education.

Helicopter view of Kauai, the "Garden Island," and Hawaii's fourth largest, photo by web author.
Magnetite specimen for virtual mineral identification, photograph by Sean  C. Murphy, 2020.
Garnet for virtual mineral identification exercise, photography by Sean C. Murphy, 2020.

ACC Minerals - Site Map

Earth & Environmental Science at Austin Community College (ACC)

Amethyst (SiO2) from Llano County, Texas. From the personal collection of Professor Mark Helper, Univ. of Texas at Austin.