Online Resources

Below are some of our most recommended online resources! Whether you are looking for mapping tools, old documents, or groups that can help you answer questions, we got you covered! Make sure to support these groups and look out for extra events they may post!

Mindat.org is a non-commercial online mineralogical database, claiming to be the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the internet. It is used by professional mineralogists, geologists and amateur mineral collectors alike.

Virginia Minerals Facebook Group is your go to social media group for anything related to Virginia minerals! Share your stories and discoveries with experts across the state who can help provide you with information and resources!

The United States Geological Survey is a scientific agency of the United States government. A fantastic resource for geology maps, mineralogy data and fun activities for kids! Check out the KMZ files to overlay on Google Earth!

The VMP is the statewide organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Virginia mineral and mining history. Stay updated with events, articles, and news related to Virginia minerals!

Check out the national chapter of Friends of Mineralogy Inc. There are over ten regional chapters across the United States! Learn more about fellow FM members and what their chapters are up to!

Are you under 40 years old and want to join a thriving community of like-minded young mineral collectors?! Check out the growing and ever engaged community of YMCers!

The Diggings lists millions of claims across the United States to help identify where materials are being mined or were mined in the past. With interactive maps, discover mining activity in your area!

Google Earth is super useful for personal mapping of all your prospecting locations. Try using KMZ overlay files to get even more data and information out of a specific locality.

Our recommended interactive geology map! Use this to understand local stratigraphic information and plan our your prospecting trips accordingly. Make sure to check out the Rockd app on your phone for field use!