Tyler Junior College


Study Materials

Part of the study of the earth involves becoming familiar with the kinds of rocks and minerals that compose the crust of the earth.

While it is true that the characteristics used to identify a rock or mineral are fixed, it's not true that all specimens of, say, pyrite look alike. That is, there are images of some beautiful specimens that you find on the Internet -- perhaps from expensive museum collections or auctions on eBay, but you should not expect the specimens that we look at week to week to look much like those you find on the Internet.

With this in mind, the Geology Department at TJC has compiled a set of images you can review when you are not in the lab. Be aware, these images are not a substitute for careful study of the specimens you should be doing from week to week, but these images do allow you to "refresh your memory" anytime you have Internet access. We have prepared a PowerPoint slideshow (PDF) of these images you can download to your home computer to view and/or print.

The specimens used on the quizzes and exams in lab are very unlikely to be the *exact* specimens you view here, but they are selected from the same set of specimens you work with in lab, and from the same sets that are used to build our quiz and exam samples.

Earth Science and Physical Geology Study Materials

Inside you'll find:

  • Metallic Luster Minerals
  • Non-Metallic Luster Minerals (harder than glass)
  • Non-Metallic Luster Minerals (softer than glass)
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Metamorphic Rocks
  • Earth Science: Fossil Specimens
    (Arthropods, Brachiopods, and Echinoderms; Reptiles, Birds, and Clams; Mammals, Gastropods, and Cephalopods)

Historical Geology Study Materials

Inside you'll find:

  • Introduction to Paleontology: Fossil Specimens; Microfossils and Simple Animals
  • Arthropods, Brachiopods, and Echinoderms
  • Fish, Amphibians, and Plants; Reptiles, Birds, and Clams
  • Mammals, Cephalopods and Gastropods

Related pages

Geology Contact Information

Dr. Tom Hooten, Ed.D.
Department Chair
Office: Genecov 207

Email: thoo@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2887

Advising contact: 903-510-2425