NR 2001-50
July 3, 2001

Contact: Carol Dahmen
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
Ed Wilson
(916) 323-1886


Product is Geared for Teachers, Students and Hobbyists

SACRAMENTO -- "California Minerals and Mines," a CD containing approximately 1,000 photographs and descriptions just released by the California Department of Conservation, is an important tool for teachers, students and "rock hounds" alike.

The DOC/Division of Mines and Geology's library staff developed this interactive CD. The mineral photographs are accompanied by information about physical properties, classification, chemical formulas, crystal structure, specimen descriptions and uses. The CD also includes historical and current photographs of selected California mines.

Users may search by mine or mineral name, mineral classification and uses, and county. Features include a slide show that presents the photos at 10-second intervals, a glossary, articles about mineral and rock collecting, a section about mining and reclamation, and mineral quizzes.

The CD is not Macintosh or LINUX/UNIX compatible. It requires Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher and plug-ins (included on this CD); it will not work with other web browsers.

For information about other system requirements or to purchase "California Minerals and Mines," call DOC's Division of Mines and Geology at (916) 445-5716. The cost is $15.

"California Minerals and Mines" 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 permitted California public libraries to receive free copies.

The California Department of Conservation maps and classifies areas containing mineral deposits; studies and maps earthquakes and other geologic phenomena; ensures the reclamation of land used for mining; promotes beverage container recycling; regulates oil, gas and geothermal wells; and administers agricultural and open-space land conservation programs.