G’day!

Welcome to GEOetc.  My name is Gary Lewis and I am delighted to share the wonderful world of geoscience with you.

I have been involved in geoscience (or Earth science) since the 1980’s and want to share my passion by running field experiences, developing and sharing teaching resources, delving deeper into the theories or just explaining our planet for everyone to understand.

Whether you are an educator, student, rock hound or just love the great outdoors, I am sure that you will live and learn about it a little more with me.

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As we all negotiate our world with this virus, we are working hard to keep folks safe and provide them with activities that they can use in their classrooms and remotely with students.  We have stepped up our podcast and activity development schedules so that we provide you with new materials each week.  All our 2020 mid-year trips have been postponed till 2021 to keep our participants safe and to adhere to the current travel restrictions and guidelines of the countries/locations we intended to visit.   Please stay safe and we all hope we can return to some level of normality as soon as possible.

We are also working hard to ensure all our programs are inclusive.  It is so very important to us to make sure everything thing we do is open and available to all educators, and we embrace diversity of all kinds.  We support the efforts to see positive real change around the world.

 

 

Earth Science over a virtual coffee

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2020

All our 2020 trips have been moved to 2021.

2021

Discover Hawaii's Active Volcanoes - Hawaii Family Trip January 2021

Discover Hawaii’s Active Volcanoes – Hawaii Family Trip January 2021

Gary Lewis, GEOetc, leads..... Discover Hawaii's Active Volcanoes 2021 A trip for families, educators, students, and geology enthusiasts. Families - please note that this trip is suitable for children 10 years old + due to the hiking and other issues ...
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Discover Iceland - Fire and Ice on a Mid-Ocean Ridge 2021

Discover Iceland – Fire and Ice on a Mid-Ocean Ridge 2021

Discover Iceland - Fire and Ice on a Mid-Ocean Ridge 10 - 16 July 2021  (Dates to be confirmed) TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT - Join our email list for more information. This 7-day (6 night) field trip to Iceland highlights the amazing geology ...
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Discover Australia  - Geology and landforms.  July 2021

Discover Australia – Geology and landforms. July 2021

Gary Lewis, GEOetc, leads..... Discover Australia 2021 A trip for STEM & Geography Teachers, students, and all geology enthusiasts. Pre-service teachers and College Students are welcome on this trip.  23 July - 2 August 2021 Get on the email interest ...
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The Volcanoes of Italy - June 2021

The Volcanoes of Italy – June 2021

Gary Lewis, GEOetc and Chris Spencer, TravelingGeologist, lead... The Volcanoes of Italy A trip for Earth Science & Geography Teachers from around the world Teachers, Pre-service teachers, College Students, and their friends are welcome on this trip. June 23- July 2,  ...
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2022

Geology of the United Kingdom - 2022

Geology of the United Kingdom – 2022

Geology of the United Kingdom The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, England and the NW Highlands Geopark, Scotland 17-26 July 2022 Registration will open in late 2020 - get on the email list for updated information. Join our interest list.  ...
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Earth Science Snippets

Milankovitch cycles - the Earth in space and climate.

Milankovitch cycles – the Earth in space and climate.

In the 1920's a Serbian geophysicist and astronomer called Milutin Milankovitch suggested that long term variations in how the Earth ...
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Earth Science over a Virtual Coffee

Earth Science over a Virtual Coffee

We are currently dealing with changes in the way we communicate with each and our students due to the COVID-19 ...
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Columnar jointing

Columnar jointing

One of the most dramatic geological features found around our planet is columnar jointing formed from the cooling of molten ...
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What is the Lithosphere?

What is the Lithosphere?

Traditionally, when we talk about the layers of our planet we talk about the inner core, outer core, mantle, and ...
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Mineral Identification - a guide.

Mineral Identification – a guide.

When you just start off exploring the wonders of minerals, working out mineral identification can seem a daunting task. It ...
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Gifts for Geologists & Rockhounds

Gifts for Geologists & Rockhounds

So you need to buy a for the geologist in your life?   Are you struggling to find something that will ...
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So you want to run a field trip? 20 tips and tricks!

So you want to run a field trip? 20 tips and tricks!

So you want to run a field trip? I have been leading field trips for over 30 years, and have ...
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Iceland 2019 Photos

Iceland 2019 Photos

Just some of the photos from our 2019 Iceland trips ...
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Climate change and understanding science

Climate change and understanding science

I have spent a lot of time measuring the weathering rates of marble gravestones.  During my studies, I have discovered ...
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Why I don’t start Earth science by teaching rock and mineral identification

Why I don’t start Earth science by teaching rock and mineral identification

For many educators who are not Earth science trained, and many who are, they flounder when trying to work out ...
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Understanding Polar Reversals

Understanding Polar Reversals

Understanding polar reversals helps us to understand an important piece of evidence for Plate Tectonics. When molten rock cools, some ...
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Divergent Plate Boundaries

Divergent Plate Boundaries

One of the most amazing places on the Earth's is where two massive tectonic plates are moving apart.  Almost 99% ...
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Volcanoes as a STEM teaching tool

Volcanoes as a STEM teaching tool

Trying to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the classroom can often seem disjointed.  Having a STEM teaching ...
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Geologist Field Gear - the six "H" essentials!

Geologist Field Gear – the six “H” essentials!

What are the essential pieces of field gear for a geologist - or in fact any geology enthusiast?   What ...
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Olivine - one of simplest rock-forming minerals

Olivine – one of simplest rock-forming minerals

Olivine is one of the simplest silicate minerals that can be found in igneous rocks on our planet. All the ...
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Conference Posters - tips to make an impact

Conference Posters – tips to make an impact

So you have been successful in having your topic selected as one of the conference posters.  Good job! Presenting a ...
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Silicates - a simple guide to the Earth's rock forming minerals

Silicates – a simple guide to the Earth’s rock forming minerals

While high school students are taught about chemistry using simple examples of inorganic and organic substances, very few are exposed ...
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Geoscientists need to talk to the public

Geoscientists need to talk to the public

Too often scientists ignore talking to the public.  They would rather spend all their “communication” time and energy talking about ...
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Geological hammer - a beginners guide to buying your "forever hammer"

Geological hammer – a beginners guide to buying your “forever hammer”

A geological hammer is often seen as an essential part of any field geologists equipment.   Often called rock picks ...
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Cinder Cones - a unique volcanic feature.

Cinder Cones – a unique volcanic feature.

Cinder cones are volcanic features that are found at volcanic sites where there has been some form of fountaining activity.  Fire Fountains ...
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Evidence for Plate Tectonics

Evidence for Plate Tectonics

The evidence for Plate Tectonics is very conclusive.  It is a very well supported theory, and while scientific debate continues ...
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Boundaries - how the plates interact

Boundaries – how the plates interact

The Earth's plates don't just sit there.  They move and interact at their boundaries - and that is what makes ...
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Plates  - understanding the tectonic jigsaw pieces.

Plates – understanding the tectonic jigsaw pieces.

The Earth's rocky outerlayer (the lithosphere) is broken up into around seventeen major pieces that we call tectonic plates.   ...
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The Earth's Crust - a simple way to view it.

The Earth’s Crust – a simple way to view it.

The Earth's crust - that outermost rocky layer of our planet - can be daunting to understand.   To start ...
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Field Boots - an essential piece of equipment.

Field Boots – an essential piece of equipment.

If you are a geoscientist you are going to need field boots.   Even if you are being a "geoscientist" just ...
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Field Notes - what students need to learn to do.

Field Notes – what students need to learn to do.

Taking solid field notes is a skill that many students are not taught.  The days of a geologist's life recorded ...
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Mica

There’s mica in my toaster!

Mica has been used for many purposes over time and even in my short lifetime I have seen it in ...
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Space Geeks Timeline

Space Geeks Timeline

Understanding time is something that geoscientists are just great at doing. But we get a little sick of people not understanding ...
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Lava flows - can you outrun a lava flow?

Lava flows – can you outrun a lava flow?

Most people believe that one of the major hazards of volcanoes are lava flows.   They are surprised to find ...
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Diamonds are NOT a girl's best friend

Diamonds are NOT a girl’s best friend

Diamonds are NOT a girl's best friend - or so I tell my wife.  And here is why. All minerals ...
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Field trips - they are critical for teachers!

Field trips – they are critical for teachers!

Field trips are critical.  Learning Earth science in the field is as important as learning to cook in a kitchen ...
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Spot the cleavage - a characteristic often misunderstood.

Spot the cleavage – a characteristic often misunderstood.

Cleavage is an important diagnostic feature of minerals.  However it is often misunderstood.  And more often mistaken for another mineral ...
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I love a dike - my geology hook.

I love a dike – my geology hook.

One of the reasons I fell in love with geology was finding evidence of igneous activity in the form of ...
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Not all that glitters is gold!

Not all that glitters is gold!

Gold - the metal on which many empires have grown (and withered) is a strange metal indeed.  In nature it ...
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EarthCache - Let the Earth be your teacher!

EarthCache – Let the Earth be your teacher!

An EarthCache is a special place that you can visit using GPS technology to learn more about the geology of ...
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How hard is mineral hardness?

How hard is mineral hardness?

How hard is a mineral?   Geoscientists still use mineral hardness as a way to identify an unknown mineral.  This ...
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Using a Circular Data Calendar

Using a Circular Data Calendar

We are all looking at ways to collect and display data with our students.  Most of the time the data ...
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The strange thing about Basalt.

The strange thing about Basalt.

Basalt. It's the fine grained igneous rock that makes up the sea floor and sometimes spews forth from volcanoes on ...
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How long is deep time?

How long is deep time?

Deep Time is the term used by scientists to describe the vast amount of time that has passed since the ...
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What happened in the Permian?

What happened in the Permian?

The Permian period of time started around 299 million years ago when the Earth was in the deep freeze of ...
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Welcome to GEOetc

Welcome to GEOetc

G'day, Howdy and Hi, My name is Gary Lewis and I am an enthusiastic and passionate geoscientist.  I grew up ...
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