The Learning Center
Welcome! Mindat.org has an enormous resource of educational articles and other content, and whether you're a beginner or an expert we have all the information you need. These have been divided into three sections:
These articles are suitable for everyone wanting to learn about rocks and minerals.
What is a Mineral?
Determining the Hardness of a Mineral
Determining Color and Streak
Determining Fracture and Cleavage
Determining the Specific Gravity of a Mineral
The Most Common Minerals on Earth
The Rocks and Minerals of Minecraft
Must-have Rockhounding Gear (video)
These articles take some of the concepts further and explain more complex areas of mineralogy and earth sciences, you should understand the basic concepts explained in the introductory section before tackling these.
Crystallography: The Isometric System
Crystallography: The Hexagonal System
Crystallography: The Trigonal System
Crystallography: The Orthorhombic System
Crystallography: The Monoclinic System
Crystallography: The Tetragonal System
Crystallography: The Triclinic System
Hermann-Mauguin Symmetry Symbols
Determining the Symmetry of Crystals
For the most experienced, or adventurous, student, these articles cover very advanced aspects of mineralogy and associated sciences.
Further Information for Educators
More information for educators