How many minerals does Earth have?

The minerals of Earth are spectacular and dazzling–but how does Earth stack up against other worlds in the universe? Watch to find out how our planet's most unique factor–life–affects the rocks around us.

The newly reimagined Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals feature more than 5,000 specimens from 98 countries, and tell the fascinating story of how the vast diversity of mineral species arose on our planet. Visit them at the Museum today!