Product has been added to the basket

Fact Sheets

A series of downloadable A4 colour information PDFs, our factsheets are aimed at teachers, secondary school students and the general public. Some factsheets now include versions for primary school students.

Quick Links:

Factsheets for primary school students aged 9-11:
FossilsWater Hardness | Groundwater | Water Resources

Factsheets for teachers, older students and anyone else:
Mining | Mineral Resources | Water HardnessGroundwater | Water ResourcesUK Geoheritage | William Smith | Energy | Flooding | Volcanoes | Earthquakes

""

Fossils (for primary school students)

What are fossils? How do they form? Find out why scientists study fossils and what they can tell us about the ancient creatures that once lived on Earth in our fact sheet for primary school students released in April 2017.

""
""

Mining

How do geologists find mineral deposits, and what happens after the mines close? What is a critical metal, and where are the deepest mines on earth? Find out how we mine and process minerals above and below ground in our mining fact sheet, released in February 2017.

""
""

Mineral Resources

Almost everything in the modern world uses minerals or their by-products in some way. Find out more in our mineral resources factsheet, released in February 2017.

""
""

Water Hardness (including version for Primary Science students)

Have you ever noticed that tap water tastes different depending on where you are? Have you ever seen a white coating inside your kettle or the shower head, or found that the shower gel won’t lather up? All these effects are caused by differences in the ‘hardness’ of the water. 

Released in November 2016 to support a new BBC schools initiative, our water hardness fact sheet has two versions - one for primary school students aged 9-11, and one for teachers, older students and anyone else.

""
""

Groundwater (including version for Primary Science students)

Supplying drinking water to every tap in the UK is a huge challenge. Water hidden underground, or groundwater, is a vital part of this process in many regions, but can also cause flooding. Find out more in our fact sheet, released to mark Earth Science Week 2016 and the Year of Water and updated in 2017.

This fact sheet has two versions:

""
""

Water Resources (including version for Primary Science students)

Fresh water is needed for every part of our lives, but access to clean water is becoming increasingly difficult for millions worldwide, and responsible management of water resources is more important than ever. Find out more in our water resources factsheet, produced in 2016 and updated in 2017.

This fact sheet has two versions:

""

""

UK Geoheritage

In October 2014, the Society announced its list of 100 Great Geosites. Find out more about the geoheritage of the UK and Ireland, and why we have such an amazing range of geological sites.

""
""

William Smith

William Smith is sometimes known as ‘the father of English geology’.

Find out why, and how he created his famous 1815 geological map, in our 2014 Factsheet.

William Smith Factsheet

""

Energy

Where does the UK’s energy come from, and how has this changed over time? What is carbon capture and storage and fracking?

This Factsheet, produced in 2014, is available to download below.

Energy Fact Sheet
""

Flooding

How many types of flood are there? Why does flooding happen, and how can we protect ourselves?

This fact sheet, produced in 2013 for a broad general audience, gives an overview of flooding categories, and how we can mitigate their effects.

Flooding factsheet
""

Volcanoes

What is a volcano? Where are they and why are they there?

This fact sheet, produced in 2012 for a broad general audience, gives an overview of significant eruptions and the volcanic products that can cause such devastation.

Volcanoes factsheet
""

Earthquakes

How do earthquakes happen? Where are they most likely to occur? How are they measured?

Produced in 2011, this two page fact sheet gives you the most up-to-date information on earthquakes.

An update to this factsheet will be available soon:

earthquakes-fact.jpg