Mineral identification is finally made easy with the Mineral Database compiled by M. Darby Dyar and Mickey E. Gunter and illustrated by Dennis Tasa.

This app provides a quick reference for students, educators, professionals, or anyone interested in minerals. This searchable database is easy to use. No internet connection is required. Ideal for field use.

Entries for more than 300 common mineral species cover the vast majority of occurrences without presenting an overwhelming number of obscure species rarely encountered. The software provides hand sample photos, photomicrographs of thin sections, physical properties, crystal structure animations, optical properties, classification, and occurrence data as well as partial data for many more species, varieties, groups, sub-groups, and series.

Search for color, hardness, and streak in field and classroom uses. Use the app as a companion to a polarizing light microscope by searching for birefringence or refractive index. Identify your unknown mineral through use of any or all 54 search criteria. The comprehensive search feature allows mineral identification by using known physical properties (such as color, streak, luster etc.) or crystal and optical properties. Or, you can visually search the hand sample photos and photomicrographs using the pop-up image galleries.

What’s New

Version 2.1

update credits screen, urls & copyright info

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

MrPebius ,

Needs a new interface

I love the 3D structure renderings that can rotated. But the interface is modal, so you must back out of a listing just to see the photos! There should be but a single screen for each mineral that I can just scroll.

I would also appreciate a wiggle mode for the 3D structures.

Developer Response ,

Could you try the latest version? I believe we have addressed this issue.

sjm49 ,

Why, why, why no landscape display mode⁉️

This review is specifically to highlight that this app lacks the option to display its contents in both portrait and landscape mode.

Developer, please feel free to let me know if/when you upgrade the app accordingly and I will be happy to amend (and flesh out my review). Meanwhile, I feel like I wasted my money — this is an accessibility issue for me and the lack of landscape mode means I will be far less comfortable viewing its contents on my iPad. Thanks in advance if you upgrade the app...

rustbeltrevival ,

Fantastic Mineral Reference App!

I use this app to look up minerals that I own or want to add to my collection. The search function is easy and the results are very detailed and helpful. Highly recommended!

App Privacy

The developer, Danny Pilkenton, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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