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Earth Science Week 2020

Exploring the significance of Earth materials in our lives

Earth Science Week 2020 in the UK and Ireland will take place from Sunday 11 to Saturday 17 October 2020, with the theme 'Earth materials in our lives'. The theme will explore the ways that Earth materials impact humans — and the ways in which human activity impacts these materials — in the 21st century.

Earth Science Week is an annual international celebration of the geology all around us. Through public events like geowalks, hands-on activities, talks and open days, organisations and individuals aim to raise public awareness of geology and how it affects our lives.

Coordinated by the American Geoscience Institute in the US, and the Geological Society of London in the UK and Ireland, the week also takes place in an increasing number of countries around the world.

Learning resource: minerals in a smartphone poster

Did you know that your smartphone is a mine of precious metals and rare elements? In fact, the average smartphone uses 75 out of the 81 stable (nonradioactive) elements in the periodic table, 62 of which are metals. Check out our poster to learn more about the materials which make up your phone.


Find a range of links to self-guided walks on our geowalks page.