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Rock Cards

This is a new and growing resource for your teaching.  Each rock card provides you with images of the outcrop, an interactive hand specimen (you can zoom in and rotate), and a hand lens view.

Rock card: Gneiss - Gilead, NH, USA

Rock card: Gneiss – Gilead, NH, USA

Where is this from? This gneiss is from Gilead, New Hampshire, USA What is it? The gneiss is part of ...
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Rock card: Pegmatite vein - Windham, ME

Rock card: Pegmatite vein – Windham, ME

Where is this from? This pegmatite vein is part a granite body in North Windham, Maine, USA.  (N 70.4491, W ...
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Rock card: Basalt dike - Windham, ME

Rock card: Basalt dike – Windham, ME

Where is this from? This dike is intruded into a granite body in North Windham, Maine, USA.  (N 70.4491, W ...
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Rock card: Granite - Windham, ME

Rock card: Granite – Windham, ME

Where is this from? This granite outcrop is in North Windham, Maine, USA.  (N 70.4491, W 43.8393) What is it? ...
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Rock card: Basalt - Hawaiian lava flow

Rock card: Basalt – Hawaiian lava flow

Where is this from? In 2018, Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii erupted on its lower east rift ...
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Activities and Resources

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Climeworld Eruption

Climeworld Eruption

Have your students map the spread of volcanic products from eruptions on the planet Climeworld.  They will plot on a map a spread of the plumes and see how volcanoes ...
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Occupation Ages

Occupation Ages

Have your students use carbon 14 data and a radioactive decay curve graph to work out the differences between occupation ages of an Aboriginal tribe on islands in northern Australia ...
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Terrace Temperatures

Terrace Temperatures

Have your students use foram (fossil) data to work out the changes in sea level in a bay as shown in terraces.  This activity has them using map data, graph ...
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Tree ring climates

Tree ring climates

Have your students use tree ring data to examine climate change.  The activity has students see the variation in data between two trees located in different sites in a valley ...
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Iceman - ice core forensics

Iceman – ice core forensics

Have your students use ice core data to work out the age of a skeleton found in the ice and describe the climate record shown in the ice core. This ...
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Plate Tectonic 3D Models

Plate Tectonic 3D Models

Have your students construct 3D cut-out interactive paper models of : Sea Floor Spreading Subduction Zone The package also includes two tennis-ball globes (supply your own tennis ball) - one ...
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Pippa Basin Survey - looking for an oil trap

Pippa Basin Survey – looking for an oil trap

Have your students look for oil using data collected from a seismic survey. No computer is required, just a set of color pencils.  They color the data, interpret the image ...
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Weathering - looking for evidence (Listen to Podcast then an activity)

Weathering – looking for evidence (Listen to Podcast then an activity)

This is an activity where students listen to a 10-minute podcast on Weathering (Podcast is here) and then use what they learn to look for evidence in six photographs showing ...
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Why Geology?  Podcast active listening activity

Why Geology? Podcast active listening activity

Why geology podcast - Active listening. Teacher guide Student activity Full transcript of the podcast. Have your students listen to the podcast (less than 15 mins) "Why geology and how ...
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Earthquakes - reading time & distance (P&S) graph

Earthquakes – reading time & distance (P&S) graph

Can you read an earthquake time-distance graph Have your students read a simple time-distance graph that shows the relationship between the arrival times of P and S earthquake waves and ...
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Where to build the Hospital - Lava risk

Where to build the Hospital – Lava risk

Where to build the hospital - Lava Risk Mapping Have your students take on the role of a volcano risk scientist and interpret a map and table to provide a ...
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Thunder Island - a volcanic eruption simulation

Thunder Island – a volcanic eruption simulation

Thunder Island - a simulation using data. Have your students work in teams to analyze data and provide advice about the possible eruption of volcanoes.  This is a lively, exciting ...
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Earthquake Magnitude

Earthquake Magnitude

Earthquakes are an amazing phenomenon on our planet.  They are caused by the build-up of energy in moving slabs of rock which finally break to release the energy.  The breaking, ...
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Subduction Worksheet

Subduction Worksheet

Plate Tectonics - Subduction Zone worksheet Have your students research and then label the features of a Subduction Zone using this easy to use worksheet.  Major features are included - ...
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Crust Types Worksheet

Crust Types Worksheet

Plate Tectonics - Types of crust worksheet Understanding the differences between the two types of crust on Earth is fundamental to understanding Plate Tectonics.   This activity sheet allows students to ...
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Rock Detectives - ID rocks

Rock Detectives – ID rocks

Description : This is an activity where students have to identify rock samples based on field note descriptions.  They also have to provide the evidence they used to come to ...
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Scale - fields of view in geoscience

Scale – fields of view in geoscience

We view our planet using different scales.  Most people use just the local scale - they see what is immediately around them.  Sometimes they maybe expand that field of view so ...
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Glacial striations (DEMO)

Glacial striations (DEMO)

Description : This demonstration shows how glacial grooves and striations are made by the passing of glacial ice over the underlying bedrock.  Students can see the striations made in real ...
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Icebergs and sea level rise (DEMO)

Icebergs and sea level rise (DEMO)

Description : A demonstration that shows the relationship between sea ice melting and sea level change.  Students are asked to predict if a melting iceberg will make sea level rise, ...
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Using Gravestones

Using Gravestones

Graveyards and cemeteries are wonderful places for students to learn about geoscience, mathematics, history, language and so much more.  As a way to integrate all these topics into one field ...
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Lava in Lihue - Role play activity

Lava in Lihue – Role play activity

Description : A classroom role-play activity where students play the role of various town people when their town is being threatened by an active lava flow.  This activity allows students ...
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Cross Section Activities

Cross Section Activities

Here are a series of cross section activities that you can use with your students. Each activity has a color version, a black & white version, and a suggested solution.  ...
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Videos

Mathematics on an Active Volcano

Mathematics on an Active Volcano

Want to make your teaching and learning of mathematics more exciting? What could be better than learning about the use ...
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Engineering on an Active Volcano

Engineering on an Active Volcano

Want to make your teaching and learning of engineering exciting? What could be better than learning about the use of ...
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Technology on an Active Volcano

Technology on an Active Volcano

Want to make your teaching and learning of technology exciting? What could be better than learning about the use of ...
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Science on an Active Volcano

Science on an Active Volcano

Want to make your Science teaching and learning exciting? What could be better than learning about the science of an ...
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