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Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2003

New book introduces oldest things on Earth to youngsters

Children have always loved collecting rocks. Let's Look at Rocks: Collecting and Identifying Rocks in Indiana, a new 42-page booklet published by the Indiana Geological Survey, gives kids a new way of looking at the history on their shelves.

The IGS booklet teaches children the names of different types of rocks, how they form and what criteria geologists use to classify them. Illustrations and full-color photographs show kids what equipment they need to study their rocks, how to mount a collection, and what safety precautions they should take while collecting rocks. While targeted for children 9 years old and up, the book is a good reference tool for anyone who wants to learn more about the geology of Indiana.

The latest edition of Let's Look at Rocks was revised and updated by IGS mineralogist Nelson Shaffer. The first edition was written by former Indiana University geologist William J. Wayne. It can be purchased from IGS by calling 812-855-7636 or by e-mailing

The Indiana Geological Survey, located on IU's Bloomington campus, provides the state of Indiana with geographical and geological information to support the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

For more information or to talk with Shaffer, contact Deborah DeChurch at 812-855-1941,, or David Bricker at 812-856-9035,