Rocks That Glow!

November 29th, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2011, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This fantastic website showcases rocks that naturally glow in many different vibrant colors under invisible UV radiation along with interesting information about rocks and minerals. The rocks have been beautifully photographed by an avid rockhound named Herb Yates. (If you aren’t already a rockhound, this may inspire you!)

The site features interactive photos – you can sit back and watch as the rocks fade and intensify, or you can switch the UV on and off yourself to see what happens.

When you get to the site, use the menu across the top of the landing page that includes:

*Fluorescent Minerals – Get basic information about minerals that glow (fluoresce) or temporarily change color (tenebresce) when illuminated by invisible UV light – and where they can be found.

*Interactive Photos of Amazing Rocks Found in:

  • Franklin & Sterling Hill, NJ
  • Illimaussaq, Greenland
  • Other Locales

*About This Site – If you click on the photo of the group of people at the bottom of the page, you can read the photographer’s journal from his rockhunting expedition to Greenland. Near the photo, don’t miss “Minershop. There, you can find even more photos and information by mousing around a bit.

*Links – If you have the time, it is well worth your while to explore the other websites listed here that include museums and mineral societies. You will find a wealth of further information and many fantastic photos, even a slideshow or two, and information about geological expeditions open to the public.

If you made it down this far in the review, here’s your reward: CLICK HERE for the site’s main photo gallery. (Just the rocks, ma’am.) Click on any rock to see its corresponding (larger interactive photo, together with the names of the various minerals that comprise it, what color each mineral glows, and where the rock itself was found.



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