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Hope Diamond

The Hall of Geology, Gems, & Minerals presents specimens from the Museum's collection of gems, minerals, rocks and meteorites. Students can also explore similarities and differences between Earth and its neighbors in space, touch a rock from Mars and see extraterrestrial diamond dust. Additional highlights include the Hope Diamond, the National Gem Collection, the Mine and Rocks Galleries, the Plate Tectonics Gallery and the Moon, Meteorites and the Solar System Gallery.


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Web-based Student Activities

Decoding Mars

Scientists rely on pattern recognition skills to make sense of images that can tell the geologic history of Earth. In this activity, you'll learn these skills and then apply them to images from Mars. Can you advance through all the levels to face the ultimate Mars Challenge?

For the Classroom

Global Volcanism Program

The Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program (GVP) is devoted to a better understanding of Earth's active volcanoes and their eruptions during the last 10,000 years. Their website includes a dynamic map of the Earth, maps and photos of volcanoes, and current updates on volcanic activity around the world.

The Splendor of Diamonds

The Splendor of Diamonds is an online exhibition that displays seven extraordinary diamonds.

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