This course was enhanced (November 2010) with the addition of Part 3 - Strategic and Industrial Ore Minerals, extensively illustrated with images of ore specimens.
Common Rocks, Minerals and Ores is a short (non-certification) course and reference for beginners in geology and mineral exploration and for others who require the basics of rock and mineral identification. It provides participants with a means of practicing identification and classification of common rocks and minerals in the field. The course is enhanced by integration with the Dictionary of Mining, Mineral and Related Terms.
The course consists of 12 sessions and two short reviews (quizzes) covering Rock-Forming Minerals, Ores of Metals, Useful Minerals, Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks and a large section on Strategic and Industrial Ore Minerals, extensively illustrated with images of samples. Each mineral or rock is represented by an image, distinguishing features and a dictionary description.