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Resources: Rocks & Fossils

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Resources from the Geological Society

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Fact Sheets

Fossils: How do they form and what can they tell us about ancient life on Earth?

Mineral Resources: How are minerals used in our everyday lives?

Water Hardness: Why does water taste different in areas with different rock types?

William Smith: How fossils were used to make the first ever geological map.

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Online interactive resource: The Rock Cycle

An web resource for UK Key Stage 3 (3rd-4th Level) science students, with interactive animations, UK case studies and quizzes. Find out how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes.
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Education Resources: Mining and minerals

Almost everything in the modern world uses minerals or their by-products in some way. Find out how geologists explore for mineral deposits, how they are mined and some unexpected uses!

100 Geosites

100 Great Geosites

Explore our list of 100 great geological sites across the UK and Ireland, featuring some of the most diverse and beautiful geology in the world and spanning most of geological time.
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Lecture videos

The Cambrian Alum Shales of Scandinavia and their Remarkable Trilobites (Euan Clarkson, March 2015)

The Hidden Colours Inside Volcanoes (John Maclennan, September 2015)

Geology in Space: Meteorites and Cosmic Dust (Matthew Genge, June 2014)

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Podcasts

Earth scientists talk about their latest discoveries:

Exceptionally preserved fossils | Salt Tectonics | Glories of Mud

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Articles & blog posts

Hunting Pterosaurs (Geoscientist, July 2015)

Finding our marbles (Geoscientist, May 2015)

Into the Volcano (Geoscientist, Feb 2016)

Iron from the sky (Geoscientist, April 2014)

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Posters

Free posters to download, ideal for displaying in schools.

Resources from other organisations

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Virtual Microscope

The Open University virtual microscope collections include a full range of rock types native to Earth and beyond, plus minerals and fossils, all linked to maps and resources. Rocks can be viewed as hand specimens and under an interactive online microscope.
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British Geological Survey: Make-a-Map

A simple interactive geological map of the British Isles for amateur geologists, students and teachers. View the main rock units with accompanying timecharts, create custom maps highlighting specific rocks, or print outlines for students to colour in.

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British Geological Survey Maps

Small and medium scale maps of UK geology, available for free in several formats. The iGeology smartphone app lets you take geological maps wherever you go. The Online Viewer includes maps, borehole scans, earthquakes & 3D models. The Maps Portal has high resolution scans of maps and sections, including 1:63,360/1:50,000 scale maps of England, Wales & Scotland.

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Virtual Experiments

Interactive animated experiments from the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA). Topics include rock strength, metamorphism, resistivity, porosity, permeability, speed of cooling, boreholes and earthquakes.
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Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

A database of around 1,000 fossils from the Jurassic Coast Museums. You can search for a particular fossil by its common name, or browse the fossils by type.
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Teaching Resources from Geology.com

Activities and lesson plans that can easily be modified for the classroom. Topics include astronomy, earthquakes and volcanoes, plate tectonics, erosion, water, maps, rocks and minerals, and weather.