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     You can browse photographs of approximately 60 different minerals and the Teaching Objectives for the Mysteries we have written about each mineral. A selection of Mineral Mysteries will be included in every kit.  You can also order Mineral Mysteries separately.  Each Mystery includes the sample, or samples, along with the Question and Answer sheets for the Mystery.  Call 530-529-4890 for more information.


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001-Kyanite
Sample: Kyanite that clearly shows blue color and cleavage Teaching Objectives: To introduce the mineral kyanite To introduce the concept of metamorphic index minerals To demonstrate minera ...
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011-Calcite, many kinds
Samples: Many different samples, all composed of the mineral, calcite Eg. Fossil limestone; calcite spar crystal; marble; bi-valve shell; travertine Teaching Objectives: - To have the studen ...
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$20.00
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012-Calcite and Gypsum
Sample: A piece of crystalline calcite and a piece of gypsum (or selenite) Teaching Objectives: - To introduce the minerals calcite and gypsum - To introduce the fingernail test for mineral har ...
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013*-Magnetite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: -- Magnetite and a magnet Teaching Objectives: - To introduce the force of ...
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$6.00
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014-Muscovite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. Sample: A large piece of muscoviteTeaching Objectives: -To show that mica minerals form in thin she ...
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016-Halite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: - A piece of halite rock mined for example, in the United States (New Mexico, Utah, ...
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$7.00
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034*-Broken Soapstone Carving
SAMPLE: Broken soapstone carvings of various animals in the Jali (Lattice) design, handcarved in India TEACHING OBJECTIVES: --To introduce soapstone carvings from two areas and by different cu ...
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$15.00
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035-Amazonite, feldspar
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - One or more pieces of amazoniteTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce feldspar minerals - To ...
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036-Prehnite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A hand-specimen of prehnite.TEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce the concept that certai ...
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$9.00
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037-Opal, raw
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: — A piece of raw opalTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To show what gems look like before they are cu ...
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048-Anhydrite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. — A piece of anhydrite (CaSO4)TEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce anhydrite as a mineral — To intro ...
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051-Mineral Identification
SAMPLE: -- A common mineral with some easy-to-identify characteristic. For example, pyrite (pictured) has a distinctive black streak. -- Suggested Teacher resource: A good reference book showi ...
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060-Coating of tiny Quartz Crystals
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- Rock that is partially, or completely covered with tiny quartz crystals that glitter ...
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063-Goethite
SAMPLE: -- Red, yellow, or brown, fine-grained goethite (derived from weathering hematite, magnetite, etc.) TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce goethite as a mineral -- To introduce the conc ...
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064-Talc
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- A piece of soapstone (talc)TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce soapstone (talc) -- To in ...
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076-Fluorite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.SAMPLE: • A PIECE OF FLUORITE (CaF2) • THE MOHS HARDNESS SCALETEACHING OBJECTIVES: • To introduce t ...
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077-Quartz+Calcite Grades 4-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A piece of quartz (can be quartzite, or crystalline quartz) -- A piece of calcite (can b ...
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$9.00
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091-Talc(for baby powder) GRADES 3-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- A piece of talc (soapstone) -- Baby powder in which the major ingredient is talcTEACHING ...
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$12.00
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101-Hematite
SAMPLE: -- A piece of Hematite TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the history of iron mining in early America -- To introduce the notion that hematite is composed of the metal element iro ...
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104-Bauxite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A piece of bauxite ore from Arkansas that clearly shows rounded pisolites that are enriched ...
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$6.00
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106-Biotite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: — A sample of biotite that shows deep brown color and cleavageTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To int ...
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$7.00
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128-Barite GRADES 5-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A sample of massive barite that feels heavyTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the conce ...
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135-Amethyst
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A sample of amethyst crystalsTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce amethyst -- To introduce ...
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136-Smoky Quartz
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.SAMPLE: A sample of citrine crystalsTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce citrine -- To introduce the ...
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137-Citrine
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A sample of citrine crystalsTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce citrine -- To introduce th ...
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143-Magnetite Sand
SAMPLE: A bag of sand containing a large percentage of magnetite grains TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To provide the opportunity to identify a mineral by a characteristic property -- To introduc ...
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149-Topaz
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Pebbles of Topaz (gouttes d’eau) from BrazilTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce raw top ...
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150-Alabaster
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A piece of massive alabaster suitable for carvingTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce alaba ...
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151-Garnet
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A rock with obvious garnet crystals; preferably dark red and showing crystal faces TEACHING ...
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152-Lepidolite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A sample of lepidolite from Maine. It must show clearly a lilac color. TEACHING OBJECTIVES ...
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153-Apatite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A sample of apatiteTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce the mineral apatite and to emphasiz ...
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154-Sodalite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A sample of sodaliteTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce the mineral sodalite — To provide ...
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155-Beryl
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A sample of berylTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce the mineral beryl and the gemstones, ...
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156-Tourmaline
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — A piece of crystalline tourmalineTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce the mineral tourmalin ...
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165-Spodumene
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A sample of spodumene clearly showing pearly luster and crystal cleavage faces with meas ...
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197-Hematite, a mineral making a red streak GRADES 1-4
SAMPLES: -- A streak plate -- A rock composed of hematite that makes a distinct red streak on the streak plate TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the mineral Hematite, and to associ ...
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199-Wavellite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: Wavellite showing radial structureTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the concept of radiat ...
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207-Native Copper Gr 5-8
SAMPLE: -- A hand speciman of native copper TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To help students understand that minerals are composed of elements -- To introduce the chemical symbols for elements - ...
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208-Native Copper Gr Gr 2-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A hand speciman of native copperTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To help young students underst ...
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209-Topaz
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A sample of topazTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce raw topaz and the November birthst ...
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$12.00
211-Pectolite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.SAMPLE: Pectolite showing radial structureTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the concept of radiati ...
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242-Kyanite, massive
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: -- Kyanite in quartzite from the Ordovician age Arvonia formation that underlies Wil ...
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251-Kaolin, clay for porcelain Gr 5-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: -- Powdered Kaolin clay Note: Kaolinite is the name associated with the pure ...
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252 - Ilmenite sand
1252 - Ilmenite Mystery under construction SAMPLE: Ilmenite sand from the Potomac River near Cove Point, Maryland ...
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255-Kaolin, Feldspar alteration and Cretaceous deposits. Gr 5-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: --Powdered Kaolin clay Note: Kaolinite is the name associated with the pure crysta ...
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256-Kaolin, Molecular change to porcelain Gr 5-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: -- Powdered Kaolin clay Note: Kaolinite is the name associated with the pure ...
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257-Kaolin, Molecular change to porcelain and x-ray diffraction Gr 9-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: – Powdered Kaolin Clay Note: Kaolinite is the name associated with the pure crystall ...
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258-Kaolin, Feldspar alteration, erosion, and distribution in ocean sediments Gr 9-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: --Powdered Kaolin Clay Note: Kaolinite is the name associated with the pure crystal ...
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259-Biotite in Thin Sheets Grades 5-12
Biotite is made of very thin layers that slide over each other like a slippery deck of cards.  The thin layers are formed by the arrangement of the atoms inside the mineral.  We can’t ...
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306-Lepidolite
SAMPLE:  Lepidolite that is not from MaineDESCRIPTION: Lilac-colored mica that is rich in lithiumTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -To introduce the mica mineral lepidolite - To practice locating countries of ...
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319- Mineral with radial structure
SAMPLE: Unknown mineral with radial structureTEACHING OBJECTIVES: To introduce the concepts of mineral growth, mineral shape, and the arrangement of atoms that give the mineral a radial structure ...
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