Mineral Spectroscopy Server

George Rossman, California Institute of Technology, Department of Geoschemistry

This server is primarily dedicated to providing information about color in minerals and access to data on mineral absorption in the visible, infrared, Raman and Mossbauer spectra. Both data coordinates and images of the spectra are available for selected minerals. Most data on the server were obtained in the Caltech mineral spectroscopy labs, but individuals throughout the world also contribute to this ever growing community resource. In addition to data files, the site provides an extensive list of references to papers on mineral optical spectroscopy. Citations are available sorted both by mineral name and by first authors of papers.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Mineral Analysis
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Datasets and Tools:Datasets
Special Interest: Visualization
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Observational Data
Science Background Required: Advanced geoscience background required
Topics: Solid Earth, Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Crystallography, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy