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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 530-526-0858 for more information.


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001-Kyanite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. Sample: Kyanite that clearly shows blue color and cleavageTeaching Objectives: To introduce the ...
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011-Calcite, many kinds
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. Samples: Many different samples, all composed of the mineral, calcite Eg. Fossil lim ...
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$20.00
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012-Calcite and Gypsum
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. Sample: A piece of crystalline calcite and a piece of gypsum (or selenite)Teaching Objectives: - ...
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013-Magnetite + metal ores
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLES: -- Magnetite and several other types of metal ores (eg. pyrite, hematite, galena, ...
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$15.00
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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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$6.00
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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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031-Quartz, many kinds
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: - Several different types of quartz [eg. quartz crystal; quartzite (metamorphic ro ...
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$15.00
034-Jade, uncut
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - Raw jade (green, black, or other like mixed green and pink, etc.) Be sure to scrub your s ...
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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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$10.00
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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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$8.00
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051-Mineral Identification
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A common mineral with some easy-to-identify characteristic. For example, pyrite (pictured ...
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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
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Red, yellow, or brown, fine-grained goethite (derived from weathering hematite, magnetite ...
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$6.00
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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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$6.00
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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
098-Stilbite
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: Vein-filling stilbite.TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the concept of mineral shape call ...
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$12.00
100-Talc with other minerals
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A rock containing a large zone of TALCTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the mineral TALC ...
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$12.00
101-Hematite (Historic Iron Ore)
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Hematite from pits near Leesburg, Virginia, USATEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce a lit ...
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$15.00
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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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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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$9.00
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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
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A bag of sand containing a large percentage of magnetite grainsTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To ...
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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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$9.00
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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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$9.00
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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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$15.00
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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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$9.00
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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$8.00
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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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$10.00
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197-Hematite, a mineral making a red streak GRADES 1-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- A streak plate -- A rock composed of hematite that makes a distinct red streak on ...
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$6.00
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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
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A hand speciman of native copperTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To help students understand th ...
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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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$9.00
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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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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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$7.00



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