The Dynamic Earth

National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution


This extensive online exhibition is based on the National Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. It contains dozens of exhibits ranging from the Hope Diamond and mining to plate tectonics and the solar system. One of the most powerful features in the Dynamic Earth is the GeoGallery, an integrated specimen database that lets visitors find specimens by name, type, and group. It allows for multiple views and connects visitors to related interpretive exhibits.


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“If you’ve ever wondered how caves form or why different minerals sometimes share the same chemical formula, dig into The Dynamic Earth, the Web version of geology exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.”

— Science Magazine

“As the site states, ‘Earth's history is written on pages of stone.’ And, this great Web site takes you through this story of the earth's history exceptionally well. Those interested in earth science, students, and teachers will surely find this site useful.”

— Scout Report