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 Anything that cannot be grown, must be MINED!  

Every year each American uses 39,660 pounds of minerals! 






 Schedule for the week of  3.28.17

Monday: Elements in the Earth's Crust

Tuesday: 5 requirements of minerals

Wednesday: Chemical groups

Thursday: DC

Friday : DC


Grand Canyon Lightning Storm
Lightning Storm over the Grand Canyon


Image courtesy of Dan Ransom



Current Surface Conditions



US Current Weather






 "The poetry of the earth is never dead." ~John Keats



"The first day of spring is one thing, the first SPRING DAY is another"  ~Henry Van Dyke



 Anything that cannot be grown, must be MINED! 

Every year each American uses 37,687 pounds of minerals!





Anything that cannot be grown, must be MINED!  




Every year each American uses 37,687 pounds of minerals! 








"You must search for the loveliness of America; it is not obvious; it is scattered; but when you find it, it touches you and binds you to it like a great secret oath taken in silence."
-Struthers Burt 




 The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt 


"The mountains are fountains not only of rivers and fertile soil, but of men. Therefore, we are all, in some sense, mountaineers, and going to the mountains is going home." ~John Muir 



When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.   


~John Muir 



"Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not”  ~unknown


Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~ John Ruskin



"The first day of spring is one thing, the first SPRING DAY is another"  ~Henry Van Dyke


There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes.

By the deep sea, and music in its roar;

I love not man the less, but nature more.

                                            ~Lord Byron



 Black Holes are where God divided by zero.  ~ Steven Wright   


Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home.




"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."

~John Lubbock 


Scientists still do not appear to understand sufficiently that all earth sciences must contribute evidence toward unveiling the state of our planet in earlier times, and that the truth of the matter can only be reached by combining all this evidence.


~ Alfred Wegener

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.   ~Galileo Galilei