Geosciences Department Mineral Collection

Reference and Research Mineral Collection

The Department of Geosciences maintains a reference and research mineral collection. Many samples were purchased early in the history of the Department and others have been donated over the years by faculty, students, and staff. The collection has been greatly augmented by two special donations, one from Mel and Charlotte Belsky (the Belsky Collection) in honor of their son Howard (MS 1982) and the other – mainly of African minerals - by Dorothy Siegel. Those special collections are catalogued with the others but are stored separately.

The samples are labeled (more or less in sequence of acquisition) under the following scheme:

100000- Elements

110000- Sulfides

120000- Oxides

130000- Carbonates, halides

140000- Sulfates, phosphates

150000- Tektosilicates

160000- Phyllosilicates

170000- Inosilicates

180000- Cyclosilicates, sorosilicates

190000- Nesosilicates (orthosilicates)


These samples are available to members of the Department of Geosciences and Mineral Physics Institute. Other requests for access to samples will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Owen Evans ( or Don Lindsley ( for assistance and a full explanation of the conditions of use.

GEO Mineral Collection 2013 

News & Announcements

Geosciences Seminar

Geosciences Department Newsletter


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has established a Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments. 

Stony Brook Geosciences going Far Beyond: Newest Department of Geosciences faculty member Weisen Shen's seismological research takes him to the South Pole.

Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200
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