North Carolina Geological Survey's Geo Fact-Pack  - downloadable resources for earth science teachers and students.

This Geo Fact-Pack consists of 9 Adobe PDF documents which you can download in one zip archive, or download individually below.

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Download Geo Fact-Pack 2.3 MB A compressed (zip) archive containing all 9 Adobe pdf documents detailed below.
Down to Earth Facts!  1.5 MB This article summarizes select minerals produced in North Carolina and their uses. Also, a "Quick Facts" section includes North Carolina's official state rock, official state precious stone and other fun information. Revised August 2007. 2 pages.
Materials from the Earth 106 kB This Note tells about the rock and mineral products in the Asheville-Buncombe County area. Great promotion of our state's economic resources. Geologic Note No. 3, revised November 2006. 1 page
A listing of North Carolina Minerals 72 kB This Note provides an alphabetical list of the state's minerals, 475 to-date. Geologic Note No. 4, 1995. Updated December 2010, with more minerals to come. 5 pages.
Color Physiographic Map of North Carolina 430 kB This flier includes a state map with county boundaries and the different physiographic provinces (Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Inner Coastal Plain and Outer Coastal Plain). Each province is summarized in a paragraph. Revised 2004. 1 page, color.
Black and White Physiographic Map of North Carolina 430 kB Same as above, optimized for black and white printing.
Earthquake Epicenter Map 157 kB This updated earthquake map (from 1698 — 2006) is centered on North Carolina and surrounding states. Educational description included. There is a brief description of how to read the map and why North Carolina earthquakes differ from those in California. Revised 2006. 1 page. For more earthquake information, visit the National Earthquake Information Center
Makeup - A Wealth of Minerals 82 kB "Have you ever read the ingredients in makeup, shampoo or toothpaste? It might surprise you. Many personal-care products contain a wealth of mineral materials taken from the earth." — from Makeup: A Wealth of Minerals (developed and distributed by Women in Mining Education Foundation). 1 page.
Fireworks and Industrial Minerals 28 kB "Take a moment to consider the minerals that make fireworks such a spectacular part of the festivities. Each color in a fireworks display is produced by a specific mineral compound. Minerals are also an important part of many household objects" — from Fireworks Depend on Minerals & Minerals Around the House(distributed by Women in Mining Education Foundation). 1 page.
The Rock Cycle 24 kB This fact sheet is an introductory look at rocks and their three main classifications (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic). It is great for the first day in the classroom discussing general geology (developed and distributed by Women in Mining Education Foundation). 2 pages.

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