California Minerals and Mines CD-ROM
The California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Geological Survey (CGS) has made available approximately 1,000 scanned photographic images of minerals and mines of California from its library as well as from other contributing organizations and individuals. These images, along with informative text, have been placed in an interactive CD-ROM format entitled California Minerals and Mines. This CD-ROM is designed to be informative and educational. The content is geared for both high school and community college students as well as the general public.
Image above shows information and features that are accessible from the Main Menu on CD-ROM 2000-001.
Descriptions of mineral images include specimen information, the photographer, physical properties, chemical formula, classification, uses, synonyms/varieties, and crystallography. Descriptions of mine images include information on mines, claims or deposits, and the photographer. Searches can be performed on mineral name, county, mineral classification, mineral uses, and mine name. There are special features including a map search, a "slide show," and quizzes. Special sections include "What Are Minerals and Rocks?", "Rock and Mineral Collecting", "Mineral Uses",
"California Non-Fuel Minerals", and "Mine Reclamation".
The creation of this CD-ROM was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered in California by the State Librarian. This funding also permitted CGS to provide California public libraries, and complete California depository libraries with free copies of this CD-ROM.