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Relative Dating - working out what happened first, second...

Relative Dating – working out what happened first, second…

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) How does ...
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Erosion - moving stuff around

Erosion – moving stuff around

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) Erosion is ...
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Weathering - breaking down in place

Weathering – breaking down in place

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) Often the ...
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Starting off collecting - a beginners guide

Starting off collecting – a beginners guide

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) Today we ...
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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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The Science of Gold

The Science of Gold

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) Gold is ...
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Earthquakes - what you need to know!

Earthquakes – what you need to know!

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) What are ...
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Silicate minerals - for non scientists

Silicate minerals – for non scientists

You can find this podcast on iTunes right here. The silicate minerals are the building blocks for all the rocks ...
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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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Geoscience jobs - just some of the types of geologist!

Geoscience jobs – just some of the types of geologist!

You can find this podcast on iTunes right here. There are just so many different roles and specialties in the ...
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All about granite

All about granite

You can find this podcast on iTunes right here. In this episode, I talk about the rock type granite - ...
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Simple rock classification - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

Simple rock classification – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

You can find this podcast on iTunes right here. In this episode, I outline the simple classification of rocks into ...
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Introduction to Plate Tectonics

Introduction to Plate Tectonics

You can find the GEO podcast on iTunes right here. (Go on...subscribe and not miss the new episodes) Learn the ...
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Mineral Color and Streak

Mineral Color and Streak

In this episode, I talk about mineral color and streak as ways to identify minerals in your collection.  The big ...
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Mineral Hardness

Mineral Hardness

In this episode, I talk about mineral hardness and how you can use common materials around your home to create ...
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Why geology?... and how I got into geology

Why geology?… and how I got into geology

In this episode, I talk about how I became interested in geology and about the four reasons I think geology ...
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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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3 thoughts on “Home – old

  • November 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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    Hello to Everyone I have a Movie ready for you to show your classes 1 hour and 15 min. Send Email to my Face Book with the helicopter and I will Dropbox you the movie

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    • November 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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      Thanks Nancy! 🙂 (Nancy was a participant in a trip I led to Hawaii last year)

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  • November 16, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    This wonderful endorsement by Ian Clark – a middle school science teacher from CT who attended the Hawaii trip in 2015: Taking learning out of the classroom and into the “real” world is what all science teachers strive for, and Gary Lewis is an expert. Having worked with Gary to plan a trip for middle-schoolers, and having participated myself on one of his trips for teachers, it’s clear that he not only knows his stuff inside-out, but he understands his audience, too. Gary does a wonderful job tailoring incredible experiences for multiple levels of learners. His materials are top-notch and his excitement at sharing his experience with students is beyond compare.

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