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Welcome to - the world's most comprehensive mineral database and mineralogical reference website. This site contains data on minerals, rocks, and meteorites from across the globe and within our galaxy, as well as information about their localities, photographs, and much more! is a dynamic database, with new information, localities and photographs continuously being added, verified, and updated by thousands of members across the world. User participation is critical to maintaining the integrity and scope of the database – all input is encouraged!

Users of range from novices just becoming interested in the world of minerals to those engaged professionally. All levels of expertise are welcome to participate on - everybody is still learning more about mineralogy!

The messageboard provides a forum for questions and discussions about any aspect of mineralogy, allowing users to interact with one another in order to expand their knowledge of the subject. began as a database dedicated to minerals and their localities, but has since expanded to encompass data related to meteoritics (the study of meteorites), petrology (the study of rocks), and other various aspects of geology. This portion of the database is newer than the portion concerning mineralogy, but, with contributions from our users, promises to become a critical resource for these subjects as well. is dedicated to not only providing the most current data regarding these subjects, but also in developing new ways to apply that data to further the scientific study of the earth and beyond. is an outreach program of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in the United States as an entity dedicated to the discovery, study, and preservation of mineral species and their history, and to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the mineral kingdom through outreach and education.

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