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Boring chocolate!
What can boreholes tell us about the Earth?
Boreholes  
Core activity (ELI+)
Piecing together evidence for the composition of the Earth’s core
Core activity  
Darwin’s ‘big coral atoll idea’
Try thinking like Darwin did to solve the coral atoll mystery
Darwin‘s ‘big coral atoll idea’ Video
Do-it-yourself dip and strike model (with DIY clinometer) (ELI+)
Using a model to measure and understand dip, dip direction, strike and apparent dip
DIY Dip and strike model  
Earth science out-of-doors: preserving the evidence
What evidence of the present times might we find in a million years from now?
Earth science out-of-doors  
Electrical ground probing
Measuring the electrical resistance of the ground to find buried objects
Electrical ground probing  
Fieldwork: ‘All powerful’ strategy
Discussing geological histories in imaginative ways
All powerful  
Fieldwork: Applying ‘the present is the key to the past’
An outdoor activity to apply the present to the past - using Earth science-thinking in reverse
Present is the key to the past  
Fieldwork: Envronmental evaluation
Developing a strategy for evaluating the environment
Environmental evaluation  
Fieldwork: Interactive re-creation
Activities using simple transportable apparatus to simulate features in the field
Interactive re-creation  
Fieldwork: Now and then – spotting the difference
How did the conditions differ between today and when the rock was formed?
Now and then  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face - Planning for fieldwork
Preparing your pupils before setting out to “ask questions for any rock face”
Questions for any rock face - planning  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 1: weathering
What questions about weathering might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - weathering  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 2: erosion
What questions about erosion might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - erosion  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 3: soil
What questions about soil might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - soil  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 4: rock group (sedimentary or igneous)
What questions about the type of rock might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - rock group (sedimentary or igneous)  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 5: sedimentary grains
What questions about sedimentary grains might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - sedimentary grains  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 6: fossils
What questions about fossils might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - fossils  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 7: tilted or folded rocks
What questions about tilted or folded rocks might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - tilted or folded rocks  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 8: faults
What questions about faults might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - faults  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 9: metamorphic rock
What questions about metamorphism might be asked at any metamorphic rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - metamorphic rocks  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 10: sequencing
What questions about sequencing geological events might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - sequencing geological events  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 11: tectonic plates
What questions about relationships to tectonic plates might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - tectonic plates  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 12: potential of the quarry or cutting
What questions about the potential of the site might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - potential  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 13: quarry economics
What questions about potential for quarry re-opening might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - economics  
Fieldwork: Questions for any rock face 14: recording
What questions about recording geological data might be asked at any rock exposure?
Questions for any rock face - recording geological data  
Fieldwork: The view from the site
Using the view of the local area to tune yourself into the local geology
The view from the site  
Fieldwork: The ‘What makes a good educational experience’ approach to planning fieldwork
Thinking through the fieldwork strategies that are most likely to inform and inspire
Fieldwork strategies (ELI for Educators)  
From an orange to the whole Earth
Using an orange to model different densities of the Earth’s layers
From an orange to the whole Earth Video (Portuguese intro)
From clay balls to the structure of the Earth (ELI+)
A discussion of how physics can be used to probe Earth’s structure
From clay balls to the structure of the Earth Extension (19MB)
Geo-art: paintings to sculptures inspired by all things ‘geo’
Create your own geo-artwork
Geo-art  
Geo-literature: poems and stories inspired by all things ‘geo’
Create your own geo-poem or story
Geo-literature  
Geobattleships (ELI+)
Do earthquakes and volcanoes coincide?
Geobattleships  
Geological mapwork from scratch 1: a conical hill (ELI+)
Draw your own cross sections - of increasing difficulty
Mapwork 1: conical hill  
Geological mapwork from scratch 2: valley with simple geology (ELI+)
Draw your own cross sections and 3D geological model
Mapwork 2: valley with simple geology  
Geological mapwork from scratch 3: valley with dipping geology (ELI+)
Draw your own cross sections and 3D geological model
Mapwork 3: valley with dipping geology  
Geological mapwork from models 1: plain with simple geology (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a flat region
Mapwork from models 1: plain with simple geology  
Geological mapwork from models 2: cuesta with simple geology (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a cuesta
Mapwork from models 2: cuesta with simple geology  
Geological mapwork from models 3: valley with horizontal floor (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a valley with a horizontal floor
Mapwork from models 3: valley with horizontal floor  
Geological mapwork from models 4: sloping ridge and valley (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a sloping ridge/valley area
Mapwork from models 4: sloping ridge and valley  
Geological mapwork from models 5: folded geology on block models (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of areas with folded rocks
Mapwork from models 5: folded geology  
Geological mapwork from models 6: plain with faults in the direction of dip (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a flat region with faulted rocks
Mapwork from models 6: plain with faults in direction of dip  
Geological mapwork from models 7: plain with faults parallel to the outcrops of the beds (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a flat region with faulted rocks
Mapwork from models 7: plain with faults parallel to the outcrops  
Geological mapwork from models 8: plain with different types of fault (ELI+)
Draw and make your own 3D models of the geology of a flat region with faulted rocks
Mapwork from models 8: plain with different types of fault  
Geological mapwork: using surface geology to make a geological map (ELI+)
Match the photos to a map to see how a geological map works
Mapwork - surface geology  
Geological postcards 1 - granite and chalk
Picture postcard puzzles
Postcards - granite and chalk ‘Global’ postcards - granite and chalk
Geological postcards 2 - sandstone and limestone
Picture postcard puzzles
Postcards - sandstone and limestone ‘Global’ postcards - sandstone, limestone
Jigging
Using density to separate different materials
Jigging  
Journey to the centre of the Earth - on a toilet roll
Just how thin is the crust we live on?
Journey to centre of Earth  
Opengeoscience 1: igneous intrusions and lavas
Opening geological maps to the world
Opengeoscience 1  
Opengeoscience 2: tilted and folded rocks
Opening geological maps to the world
Opengeoscience 2  
Party time for volcanoes! (ELI+)
How much force does it take to set off a party popper “volcano”?
Party time for volcanoes Extension
Take a ‘Chance’ on the volcano erupting (ELI+)
How hazardous is the volcano?
Take a ‘Chance’ on the volcano erupting Extension
Waves in the Earth 1 - the slinky simulation (ELI+)
Using a long spring to find out how earthquake waves travel through the Earth
Waves through the Earth 1  
Waves in the Earth 2 - Human molecules (ELI+)
Pupils are pushed around to demonstrate the properties of seismic waves
Waves through the Earth 2  
What is the geological history?
Sequencing events to reveal a history using simple stratigraphic principles
What is the geological history? Extension
When will it blow? - predicting eruptions
How a simple tiltmeter can demonstrate the bulging of a volcano before eruption
When will it blow? - predicting eruptions Extension
Video
Why won’t my compass work on the other side of the Equator? (ELI+)
Understanding the three-dimensional magnetic field of the Earth
3D Magnetic field  
William Smith - ‘The Father of English Geology’ (ELI+)
Thinking like William Smith
William Smith Extension
Holiday ELIs: Once upon a time, long, long ago . . .
A geological fairytale
Geological fairytale