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Sand, Minerals, Gems, and a blog link!

 
 
oh so so many years ago, this page dealt with my dad's many accomplishments during his career as a sand plant engineer for OI, Owens-Illinois Glass Company. my dad's name is James Hallsted, and may he rest in peace! so this page is more about links to his various interests, and anything that i found to be interesting and related to gems, minerals, and sand.
 
 
 


 
 
 
Now for some mineral related links of interest...
 
 
 
 
Loes Modderman : Microscopic Science Art
 
sand  sand from the netherlands
 
salt  a salt crystal
 
to quote Loes Modderman in her own words....
 
The pictures on this site are taken through a polarization-microscope. The colorful images you are looking at are crystallizations of chemical substances. Micro-crystals are made by dissolving a chemical and evaporating the solvent by heating, or otherwise. During this process tiny crystals appear, which can be studied in polarized light. Almost every chemical crystallizes under the right circumstances in an endless variety of form and structure. Nothing but optical coloring is used. The pictures are taken with a camera mounted on the microscope. Magnification: Imagine the pictures covering an area of 1 mm2.
 
 


 
 
NSS logo The National Speleological Society
NSS info
pretty much anything you want to know about caves can be found here.
 
 


 
 
gemstones  gems and birthstones  
This site was enthusiastically endorsed to me by some very sharp minded, rock loving students,
and i whole heartedly agree! go visit them here and say hello!
yes, the gems and birthstones link leads to the birthday express website, but it has some good
explanations about rocks and minerals and gemstones, and lots of links to other worthy websites.
 
 


 
 
rocks  Rocks for Kids  
This is a good site that has pictures and a lot of technical information on minerals of all types.
 
 


 
 
a geode  geode gallery  
i like geodes and i like this site! lots of information, pictures, and reasonable prices if you like geodes too.
 
 


 
 
malachite   Exquisite Crystals  
It is an online store, but... it's a good place with great pictures and information about gemstones of all types.
 
 


 
 
barite   John Betts - Fine Minerals
man, is this a beautiful site!! they have got everything under the sun and gorgeous pictures!! excellent site! very large but easy to navigate. if you like rocks, you'll like john betts.
 
 


 
 
corning logo One of the main purposes of mining sand is to make glass.
corning musuem   The Corning Museum of Glass  
is a good site to learn about glass making. The museum is located in Corning, NY, USA
 
 


 
 
earthquake http://neic.usgs.gov/ 
This link is to the National Earthquake Information Center [aka] World Data Center for Seismology in Denver, Colorado, USA. Anything and everything you wanted to know about earthquakes can be found here.
usgs http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ 
Earthquakes home page for recent earthquake activity anywhere in the world. When I first saw my dad's bookmark to this page, all it said was 'quake home'. And all I thought was "what the heck is my dad bookmarking websites for the video game quake", silly me.
 
 


 
 
space1 pic pictures from the hubble space telescope!
that's right, if you want to see what outer space looks like, this is the source!! feast your eyes and save your stomach!
space2 pic pretty cool place! and i don't mean outer space... but the web depository of hubble telescope images! have a look yourself if you don't beleive me...
 
 


 
 
the only other thing to add here is a new link to my new web page... me being michael hallsted that is... i decided that i want my 15 minutes of fame, so i am starting a page where i am going to write about my life's story. this will be an ongoing story that will probably take me the next 40 years to finish. some people might call it a blog, but a blog is just a page that gets updated at semi regular intervals. nothing special about that, and i don't need no stinking blog software to do it for me. it's just text on a web page, and i know how to do that for myself... thank you very much. anyway, once it gets indexed by the search engines, i figure that my auto biography will live forever. anyway, here is the link to my auto biography: michael lawrence hallsted's life story! started on Saturday, November 26, 2005, and i'll eventually add more entries some time soon, i started it because i had lots of free time, but as you might be able to tell, i've been rather busy for a few years now. so the rest of my tale might have to wait until i retire in about eight years. today is november 10th 2015.
 
 


 
 
home sweet home ||  Hallsted family picture ||  index of games to download and enjoy
the hallsted travel index page ||  Mineral & Sand Links & Blog Link ||  TBHCCS index page
mikey's geographic location only guestbook! ||  view fractal photo albums! ||  a site index!
 
 
 
 
take what comfort you can, assure yourself endlessly, rationalize all you want,
but..... all of the links on this page worked for me on:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
 
 
 
comments concerning this website should be addressed to: michael hallsted