Geology from your Sofa

The Geologists’ Association may not be able to invite you to attend lectures and field trips at the moment, but we are looking at ways for you to still enjoy geology, virtually through online courses and field trips using the links below.

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Just to let you know that you can now view all the Virtual Festival of Geology (vFoG) talks here.

There was such a variety of excellent content available at the vFoG and GFYS would like your help to select what content to spotlight. Please email us at and let us know what you most enjoyed and why. We’ll publish the results in our next update to give everyone a chance to visit before the Festival website closes at the end of the year.

Also look out for our Christmas bumper edition on 18 December (our last update of 2020)!

Latest Additions updated 23rd October 2020

YouTube and Podcast Lectures:

The Yorkshire Geological Society (YGS) is holding a series of online lectures in the first two weeks of December 2020, presented by recent YGS grant winners. Registration is open to all and all talks are free to attend. You only need to register once, the link in your email ticket will admit you to any or all of the lectures.

All lectures will commence at 4pm.

1) Dating faults, fractures and fluids with U-Pb calcite geochronology – Tuesday 1 December appraising the relationship between deformation and basinal fluid-flow in the Cleveland Basin given by Jack Lee (Durham University)
2) How Whitby got its whale jaw arch – Thursday 3 December given by Rebecca Bennion (University of Liège)
3) Shifting Sands and Devil’s toenails – Tuesday 8 December The Lower Jurassic stratigraphy of Redcar (NE England) given by Dr Jed Atkinson (University of Leeds)
4) Big boulders and catastrophic debris flows in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco – Thursday 10 December given by Madeleine Hann (University of Manchester & GASS 2019 presenter)

Into Eternity is a feature documentary film directed by Danish director Michael Madsen, which follows the construction of the Onkalo waste repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland. A powerful insight into such long-term projects (160 years to build and fill).

More YouTube and Podcast Lectures

Online Courses:

EdX has added a course focusing on:
Earthquake Seismology – 12 weeks of 8-12/week
T Aldo Zollo, Professor of Geophysics and Seismology (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) leads this free course and explores the processes that cause earthquakes and the methods used by seismologists to analyse seismograms, to measure source parameters, and to simulate the seismic wave impact at the Earth’s surface..

More Online Courses

Virtual Field trips:

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust have produced a number of projects for exploring geology, although intended for use in the field, can be used from the ’sofa’.

There are some Apps that can be downloaded to support you in the field. One project that GFYS recommends is:
– The Voyages in Deep Time Project is an App to encourage people to visit and enjoy learning about their local rocks and landscapes that tell us what our part of the world was like millions of years ago – in deep time! This amazing App includes field trips, voyages, information about palaeoenvironments, ancient life and drone filming. GFYS particularly enjoyed visiting –
El Hierro in the Canary Islands to examine the volcanics, and
Wye Valley 1 (a second trip is also available) to look at the lithology and palaeoenvironments

National Trust Wales has a short virtual field trip to
Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia which includes some spectacular scenery and explains ways of looking after the geological glacial landscape.

More Virtual Field trips


Brighton Museums host a mid-week draw online. A past online draw featured some interesting fossils and an invitation to send your artistic efforts to the museum.

Sedgwick Museum proves you don’t need to go far to find fossils. Try out the: Gravel Hunters video and download the Gravel Hunters ID sheet to help you with your hunt.

Explore North Norfolk’s Deep History Coast – wonderful if you live locally or for post lock-down inspiration. Follow the Discovery Trail with Discovery Points along the way and imagine taking a journey back in time to when early humans roamed the land and encountered amazing megafauna.

More GeoFun

Free geology lectures and podcasts

BBC People of Science with Professor Brian Cox
Professor Richard Fortey talks to Professor Brian Cox about Charles Lyell, whose work on geological time provided credibility to Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. GFYS was excited to read that researchers from Brighton, Bournemouth, Reading and UCL universities and English Heritage have used geochemical techniques to examine the sarsen stones at Stonehenge.
• A brief but informative account by the researchers is available here.

Edinburgh University is now the custodian of one of the greatest bodies of scientific observation from the 19th century. The Sir Charles Lyell Collection was purchased following enormous national and international support and consists, amongst other things, of 294 geological notebooks all of which can now be viewed online.

Geologists’ Association
GA lectures restarted after lockdown with the Halstead Lecture given by Kevin Wong (2019 prize winner) and the first GA virtual vLecture was successfully given by Dr Jon Noad live from Canada over Zoom.

On Friday 11th September at 18:00 Professor Simon F. Mitchell from The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica will talk on Comparing the flints of the Upper Cretaceous of England with the cherts/flints from the Eocene-Miocene White Limestone of Jamaica. Non-members of the Geologists’ Association should contact the G.A. Secretary:

Geologists’ Association Student Symposium 2020
Whilst the GA cannot host GASS2020 as planned today we think it appropriate to celebrate past events by sharing some of the outstanding talks that went on to win prizes at GASS2019 -17, as well as Iain Stewart’s Keynote lecture from 2018. Click here to view. If you haven’t already seen this GASS2020 has been replaced with three outstanding talks given by GASS prize winners between 2017-2019 and Iain Stewart’s Keynote lecture from 2018. You can view these talks on YouTube. GASS will be back on Friday 14 May 2021.

Geologists’ Association virtual Festival of Geology
The GA’s virtual Festival of Geology ran on 7 November and has uploaded the talks that you can now view until the end of the year.

The Geological Society
A range of YouTube topics covered by the public lectures from 2019 and previous years. Included the superb Plate Tectonic Stories Competition performed by the Royal Ballet School Year 9, (13-14 year old students) and ‘Quicquid sub terra est’ – Whatever is under the Earth.

Geoscience Australia
Geoscience Australia hosts public talks for a range of audiences. A selection of these are filmed and are available online. GFYS selected and highly recommends the following fascinating talk from the 2020 series:
What goes up must come down: Why is Australia sinking?
Anna Riddell from the University of Tasmania uses some of her PhD research to discuss the apparent sinking of the Australian continent. Understanding how the surface of the earth changes has many important applications and this talk explores how the Australian plate is moving and what that means for applications of precise positioning.

Manchester Geological Association
The Manchester Geological Association are holding a series of online lectures: Peter del Strother will conduct a virtual field trip of Crummack Dale on 26 August. Please register for these talks by contacting the Association at

2020 MSG RiP Virtual Meeting
hosted by the Metamorphic Study Group, a special interest group of the Geological Society of London and the Mineralogical Society on the 27th and 28th May. The meeting will focus on the newest exciting developments in Metamorphic Geology.

Natural History Museum
Nature Live Online delivers live talks with NHM scientists on Tuesdays at 12.00 and Fridays at 10.30 am (BST). It is possible to ask questions in real-time during the talk by going to the video on YouTube and typing your question into the chat box.

  • Volcanoes – 10:30 on the 12th June covering causes of volcanic eruptions, reasons for volcanic locations and eruption prediction.

Once aired, you can rewatch talks on NHM’s Nature Live playlist on YouTube. These include:

  • Back to the Future – How fossils can help predict the future
  • Is water on Mars? – Scientists have found exciting evidence for liquid water on Mars. What does this mean for the search for life there?

The NHM also has great resources for the younger geologist. See our new GeoFun section for details.

Nick Zentner – Nick From Home
Join Nick Zentner in the last of his series of seventy-five YouTube ‘Nick From Home‘ Livestreams given from his home in Ellensburg, Washington: Livestream #75 Craters of the Moon which discusses Idaho’s ‘Craters of the Moon’ National Monument. If you missed the series, you might also enjoy his: Livestream #73 Oregon Geology during which Nick talks to Oregon geologists Marli Miller, Carrie Gordon, and Ellen Bishop.

Nick Zentner has also resumed his prolific and informative Nick from home talks, looking at 26 (one for every letter in the alphabet) Exotic Terrains. He starts with Exotic A, Geological Time.

The Nova Scotia Museum showcases some of the best examples of:
Nova Scotia Fossils and Geology
GFYS recommends that you watch all five episodes of this YouTube series.

University of Oxford
A series of podcasts recorded between 2010 and 2016 are available, covering subjects ranging from Hot stuff, how volcanoes work to Understanding fracking for shale gas.GFYS particularly liked the lecture on The Biogeography of Madagascar: A Gondwanan island, by Dr MaM Friedman which looks at the evoluNon of the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar and how these are linked to the geological history of the island.

Oxford Geoheritage Virtual Conference
hosted by Oxford University Museum of Natural History looks like being a fascinating series of talks. The conference will take place each day 25-29 May between 14:00 and 17:00 including a short break. There will be opportunities to ask questions. Following this excellent event, an extended talk by Dr Jack Mathews (a member of the organising committee) entitled Don’t walk on the rocks! explores the increasingly important field of geoconservation.

Reading Geological Society (RGS) hosts – The Geology of Mercury – Monday 2nd November at 19:45 BST. Professor David Rothery (Open University) discusses the structure and explosive volcanism of Mercury. Non-members of the RGS welcome but spaces are limited. Please contact the Lecture Secretary at for your place.

The Royal Ballet School
For something a little different, Year 9 students at The Royal Ballet School can be watched taking part in a Plate Tectonic Stories Competition.

The Scottish Geology Trust
has a very comprehensive website with some superb Online Resources (you are asked to consider giving a small donation to the Trust). These include stepping back in time with Geowalks explaining the geological highlights of Islay, Jura and Colonsay by Angus Miller.

The Society of Popular Astronomy (SPA) hosts an excellent lecture on:
Rovers and landers on Marsgiven by Susanne Schwenzer, of the Open University, about NASA’s Curiosity Rover investigations of the surface of Mars.

TED ( Technology, Entertainment and Design) has a series of lectures we think are worth mentoning:
What is the Anthropocene?
Humanity’s increasingly permanent mark on the planet has spurred a new geological age in earth’s history: the Anthropocene. Learn how we got to this point — and what our footprint means to the future of the planet.
Palaeontologist Kenneth Lacovara describes discovering Dreadnoughtus, a 77-million-year-old sauropod, and discusses how dinosaur huntng encourages humans to contemplate their place in deep time.

The GeoModels
Provide access to a wide variety of sandbox modelling of common and the not so common geological and geomorphological features. GFYS recommends –

Liam Herringshaw has an extensive FossilHub website. The most recent post is Chalking with Dinosaurs, part 4 which was a live event during GeoWeek 2020. There is information about the rocks and fossils of Jurassic North Yorkshire, descriptions of some of the fossil footprints that have been found there, and ,using some pavement chalk on Dr Herringshaw’s driveway, an explanation how to make and interrupt your own dinosaur trackways.

UKFall – The UK Fireball Alliance
UKFall: recovering the UK’s next meteorite
GFYS found this YouTube seminar by this newly affiliated group fascinating. Dr Ashley King and Dr Luke Daly discuss some of the activities of UKFall, which is a collaboration of the UK’s meteor camera networks and aims to recover freshly-fallen meteorites in the UK.

University of Cape Town (UTC) runs a Summer School each year & we found an interesting YouTube lecture from their Summer School 2019 on:
Geological superlatives in Africa
John Rogers discuses Geological Adventures in the Fairest Cape. This first of a five-lecture series is a superb talk on the geology of the Western Cape, particularly the Cape Peninsula.

Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG) hosts a YouTube talk on:
The Geology of Arran
Stuart Blake of the Lochranza Field Studies Centre visits some of the best geology on Arran.

The Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG) has now shared their October talk on 50 Years of Plate Tectonics past, current and future questions presented by Marco Maffione

Where on Earth do you live?
Dr Anjana Khatwa, also known as Jurassicgirl, has produced a YouTube series Where on Earth do you live? :Slough is the first talk which explores the heritage and geological stories of Jurrasicgirl’s hometown. There are some interesting revelations about what lies beneath the houses of this busy and urban town.

Geology lectures available for a small fee:

by Angus Miller is offering live on-line talks using Zoom.
The lectures series is due to end in late April but Angus is offering to repeat earlier lectures if there is sufficient demand. To access these talks & more email:

  • Geology of the Northern Isles – Friday 24 April @ 4pm
    examining the Shetland and Orkney archipelagos, and their unique geology and geomorphology.
  • City of Fire: the volcanic history of Edinburgh – Sunday 26 April @ 7pm

Online Courses

Basin Analysis by Christopher Jackson from Imperial College examines and explains structural style, seismic expression, and petroleum systems as part of the ‘Basin Analysis – Structural style, seismic expression, and petroleum systems’ module of the MSc Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College.

Class Central’s aim is to make online education work for everyone. Through this portal you can find courses; review courses you’ve taken (and read other people’s reviews); follow universities, subjects and courses to receive personalised updates; and also plan and track your learning. One course from the Delft Institute of Technology that caught our eye was:

City Lit
provides adult education and are offering an introductory short online course entitled:

  • Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils – 2 sessions over 2 weeks starting on 28/06/20 led Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from UCL) who will also explain the geology of some of the building stones used in London.Various pricing levels are available.

Coursera operates in a similar way to FutureLearn but courses are available for longer periods. Coursera envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience. One of their many free courses is provided by the University of ManchesterOur Earth: It’s climate, History and Processes – 4 week course starting 5 October. This is an introductory course covering the formation of and the place of water in the Earth’s climate system, the evolution of solid Earth, and the effect of life on Earth’s climate.

  • Our Earth is a course designed by the University of Manchester and involves examining how the air, water, land, and life formed and how they have interacted over the last 4.5 billion years.
  • Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology – 12 lessons of 3-5hrs/week
    Dr Philip John Currie (University of Alberta) takes this free course about non-avian dinosaurs. The course looks at anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioural adaptations, origins and extinction of the dinosaur.

Earth Learning Idea
Combining the formidable experience and knowledge of Chris King, Peter Kennett and Elizabeth Devon, Earth Learning Ideas provides a wealth of teaching ideas. Some of these provide an excellent opportunity to refresh and develop your geological skills, such as the Virtual Rock Kit which guides you through a variety of rocks, including thin sections and outcrops. There are also some fun activity for children – see our new GeoFun section for details.

Also available from EdX is course focusing on:
Watershed Systems and Their Influence on Water Movement and Quality – 4 weeks @ 12-15 hrs per weeks
Dr Geoffrey Hall (Queen’s University) takes this free course which includes the consideration of the influence of geology and soils on water quality and quantity.

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. Whilst GFYS think this repository an excellent resource we thought it only fair to warn you that some of the files you may wish to download are quite large.

partners a number of universities and other organisations to offer excellent online courses and degrees  Most of the courses are free with extra benefits are unlocked for a fee. Earth science related courses can be found by clicking on the Subjects, the selecting Science, Engineering & Maths.  This will bring up a selection of topic boxes including Earth Science. Examples of current courses include:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth
    A short two-week course exploring the extraordinary world of atmospheric chemistry. It covers the planetary atmospheres of our solar system and beyond, and considers the possibility of life beyond Earth.
  • Beneath the Blue
    This course investigates the importance of the seafloor and introduces ocean science and the importance of marine sediment.
  • Causes of Climate Change
    Learn about the physical processes of global climate variation in order to understand the causes of climate change. N.B. It is possible to join this course after the start date.
  • Exploring Our Ocean
    This course looks at the half of the world which is covered by deep ocean, and how humans affect these areas.
  • Extreme Geological Events– start anytime with free access for 5 weeks. Discover how such events have shaped Earth and the challenges of future events.
  • Global Resource Politics: the Past, Present and Future of Oil, Gas and Shale – 6 weeks (now available) with extra benefits unlocked for a small fee given by Younkyoo Kim, Professor at the Hanyang University, South Korea. This course is available now and includes an overview of current global energy politics, the US shale revolution, energy security and geopolitics.
  • MoonsThis six-week course explores the many moons of the Solar System. Find out what makes each moon special and the probability of sending humans returning to our Moon.
  • Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet – 4 week course (available now) given by Carly Stevens from Lancaster University, introduces soil science, life in the soil, why it is so important and threats to soil. There will be some hands-on activities to give you practical experience of assessing soil properties and conditions. As usual the course is free with benefits unlocked for a small fee.
  • Technology Metals for a Green Future – free. A 4 week course delivered by the University of Exeter exploring how the metals in modern products are used, where they come from, and how they’re sourced. You’ll consider ways to cope with the growing demand and explore the ways in which we can achieve sustainable metals stewardship.

The Open University Virtual Microscope has amazing resources including:
Virtual Microscope user guide – an excellent introduction to this tool
in Place which shows the distribution of rocks on a World map
in Time which groups different rock types by geologic age
in Focus which allows a search based on terms such as mineral names

OpenLearn (Open University) are offering a free course on:
Geological processes in the British Isles
The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes, from shallow sea to desert and glaciers, gaining insight into the geological evolution of the entire planet.

Open University OpenLearn
Life in the Palaeozoic – 12 hours of study
at an Introductory level which includes the Cambrian explosion, trilobites of the Ordovician seas and the Devonian Period, when vertebrates first moved onto land.

aspires to connect students world-wide to the skills they need to succeed & offers:

  • Geology: Earth Science for Everyone – a crash-course in geology! It covers basic but intriguing topics such the beginnings of the Earth, James Hutton and unconformities, including a virtual field trip, and some of Kelvin’s theories. The course is free but a fee is payable for question and answer facilities and a completion certificate.

University of Iceland has a free online course available now, offered through edX
Monitoring Volcanoes and Magma Movements
This informative course covers a wide range of topics including magma movements in volcanoes, how these can be inferred from ground based and satellite monitoring techniques and volcano deformation models.

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has been providing high-quality educational opportunities to communities since 1903. Today, their vision is “A better world – equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society”. GFYS recommends two courses, one fee paying the other free:

Volcanoes and Tectonics – Understanding Earth’s Explosive Nature – @ £28.80Ref: C2343871: 6 sessions for 1.5 hrs per session Mon 19:00; starts 2 November 2020Have you ever wondered why volcanoes erupt, or what happens if you poke lava with a stick? If so, then this course is for you! Learn about the structure of the earth, what makes this seemingly solid lump of rock we live on come to life, and how these intricate processes have led to some of the most dramatic natural hazards throughout history. No prior geographical or geological knowledge required, just a curiosity about the planet we live on!

Welcome to The Earth on Fire: The science of volcanoes
– free Ref: C2227747: 6 sessions for 1.5 hrs per session Wed 10:00; starts 4 November 2020. This course describes and explains the variety and distribution of volcanoes worldwide, the forces which produce them, and the nature of eruptions and other forms of volcanic activity. We shall consider some of the world’s greatest eruptions and their effects, and look at volcanic rocks and landscapes in Britain and Europe. Level 2 This course is suitable for beginners and improvers Charles H Lewis @ free.

Virtual field trips

The Aberdeen Geological Society
have some excellent field excursions available. Highly recommended is the short trip to:
Pennan, by N.H. Trewin which visits an unconformity in the Old Red Sandstone.

The Abberley and Malvern Geopark
• The Les Morris Trail is a new route through the Geopark in memory of Les Morris, a founding member of the Geopark. This trail makes the geology of the Geopark accessible to everyone by using visits to stone-built walls.

Black Country Geological Society have a number of excellent leaflets and guides. As well as the famous Wren’s Nest GFYS also recommend Norton Covert, a former gravel pit.

The Cambridge Geological Society
have produced some excellent leaflets giving details of walks around Cambridgeshire Geosites. Details of these walks can be found under the Fen Edge Trial and additional information about the area’s landscape and geology.

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
A superb way to explore the varied geology of Cumbria. The link leads to a map of the county with red and green pins marking geological sites. Clicking on the pins accesses basic information but many sites also include data sheets and information leaflets – enough for hours of geology.

The Devonshire Association
includes a geology section. The history, interests and the importance of Devon’s geology by Malcolm Hart has recently been added. This provides a tour of some of Devon’s most significant geology, considers aspects of climate change and people who explored and recorded Devon’s geology.

Geology Society of Glasgow has a new field trip to North Islay led by David Webster who looks at some of the best stromatolites in the world, exposed on the north coast of Islay and other fantastic geology of this remote and hard-to-get-to location. For more information about Islay visit the Geology of Islay website.

GeoLancashire has produced this impressive geological trail guide: The White Coppice Trail Guide. This twenty-page guide explores the geological features visible along Dean Brook at White Coppice, Chorley. It will be of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about the gritstone rocks, lead mining and quarrying of this exquisite part of the West Pennines Moors.

The Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society
is busy preparing downloadable guides to describe their local geology. The Building Stones Guide to Pinner is the first guide available & is well worth a look.

Letchworth State Park within the vast area of NY State Parks takes you on a virtual field trip: Geology led by Elijah Kruger who takes you along part of the Genesee River where it roars through the gorge and plunges over three major waterfalls between cliffs.

London Geodiversity Partnership
follow the drop-down menu under Publications and click on Information Boards and Leaflets. This provides a fascinating insight into the geology of some important London locations including Highgate Woods.

The Mendip Society has produced six short videos to increase awareness of and promote this beautiful area. GFYS suggests you watch them all, but particularly numbers 2,3, 5 and 6.

has an amazing number of geological resources available including many virtual field trips. The GFYS team especially enjoyed learning about:

The Mole Valley Geological Society
share a presentation given by one of their members:

Mow Cop Quarry and Tramways.
which consists of a short video of an expedition under the southern end of Mow Cop quarry, following the former tramway line with some interesting additional information about the millstones from Mow Cop also available.

The National Park Service in the US has, through the USGS (US Geological Survey) some amazing virtual tours. Check out the
Colorado River Raft Tour: this is a superbly photographed downstream geological tour along the Colorado river as it passes through the Grand Canyon.

Northumberland Coast AONB have two excellent field trips and GFYS liked the excellent explanations in the boxes in red text.
The Igneous Underground – the Whin Sill at Bamburgh
Explores the geology of the Whin Sill on a short walk from Bamburgh to the lighthouse at Stag Rock.
Storm and stress – Howick to Cullernose
Cliffs and reefs displays a diverse range of rocks which tell stories of molten rock, earthquakes and tempests.

Shetland Amenity Trust strives to preserve and enhance everything that is distinctive about Shetland’s cultural and natural heritage. They have produced 6 leaflets including introductions in Discover why Shetland Rocks! and Find out more about Shetland’s geology, with more detail in each of the regional guides. The leaflets include excellent details and maps, photographs and grid references.

The South Wales Group
produces its own publications to cater for a range of geological ability. These include country-wide field guides, geological booklets and guided walks leaflets to local areas of interest. Some walks are available in English and Welsh, and are well described and illustrated. The GFYS team particularly enjoyed the Porthcawl (English version) and Porthcawl (Welsh Version). We also can recommend the walk to the Head of the Clydach Gorge.

University of South Australia takes us to Hallett Cove Conservation Park, South Australia and shows us how to make a geological map.Dr Tom Raimondo discusses the major rock types and their structural features, and explains how to use a geological compass. The site has spectacular folds at Black Cliff.
is maintained by Dr Roger Suthren. It includes regional geology tours of NE England and many areas of Europe. A recent addition is:

  • the geology of the Eastern French Pyrenees & foreland basin which provides further information on the localities described in the article ‘Classic localities explained: The Eastern French Pyrenees from Mountain Belt to Foreland Basin’ by Dorothy Satterfield, Hugh Rollinson and Roger Suthren, published in Geology Today (available at discount to GA members).

VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes!
Dr Des McDougal from the University of Worcester, has put together a superb series of virtual field trips based on Switzerland, The Lake District and California which look glaciers and glaciated landscapes. The field trips enable you to move around the landscapes and zoom in on specific features, such as evidence for the Little Ice Age or talus.

Yorkshire Geological Society
Join Paul Hildreth from the Yorkshire Geological Society for the first of four virtual geology field trips around Flamborough Head, east Yorkshire: Flamborough Head VGFT 1v2 examines the exposures at Speeton and Bempton Cliffs.

The Yorkshire Geological Society also use Google Earth for an extremely informative and fascinating virtual tour of Widdop Moor Geology and Poetry Walk. Other tours are being prepared so do re-visit the website.

Nick Zentner
has developed a very comprehensive website of USA based field trips, two-minute video clips and geologically themed helicopter flights. A huge range of field trips, talks, two-minute clips and helicopter flights. Some have sub titles. For example, the Columns of the Giants, California is an interesting expedition with some clear and detailed explanations.


BBC Teach
For younger children (5-7) BBC Teach offers free classroom resources to schools throughout the UK & we thought this YouTube video was worth a watch
Hunting for fossils along the Jurassic Coast. William Whiskerson visits Lyme Regis to meet a fossil expert and to learn how fossils were formed.

Brighton & Hove Museums
Brighton & Hove Museums have an excellent investigation into The Evolution of Birds which includes colouring and matching activities.

The Cleveland Ironstone Museum
For older children (7 -13) – Enjoy a virtual visit to the seafront at Skinningrove and explore some of the local geology and mine related features, including possible Ichthyosaur ‘sick’!

The Common Room are a new charity, formed to lead the restoration of Neville Hall in Newcastle. Their vision is to use our unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers. Through their Explore Online programme we found The Rock Showman who is a geologist with some creative ways to get you excited about rocks! GFYS recommends:
What’s Beneath Our Feet?
Join Steve, The Rock Showman! and his trusty Rock Hounds to find the Black Stuff along the North East coastline in search of coal, because where there is coal, there are fossils! See Steve combine the circus and geology – great fun.

The Dorset County Museum’s Make a Museum at Home have put together instructions for making a fun fossil sun catcher. The Museum ask for photographs to be emailed or sent to them using the hashtag #DorsetMuseumAtHome.

Earth Learning Idea
If you know anyone who is home educating their children at the moment, do look at the extensive collection of Children’s Fun Activities.

Ethan Baxter
For younger (and older) people: ‘Every rock has a story’ told by Ethan Baxter, a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College who is passionate about rocks and minerals and sharing the stories they hold. GFYS particularly enjoyed:
Lava – the fascinating story of a piece of lava collected on Hawai

Fun Kids (iTunes)
include Geology Rocks, which explores the Earth Sciences through a series of short podcasts. These include:

GA Magazine Crosswords – Win a GA Guide of your choice!
If you are interested in crosswords with a geological theme then six back issues of the GA Magazine include puzzles. Just look out for the crossword symbol. A seventh puzzle was planned but unfortunately the clues were lost! So we thought it might be fun to have a competition whereby you can suggest what the clues might have been. The winner will be the first person to send us a complete set of geologically themed clues – the more imaginative the better! The solutions can be found here. Happy puzzling!

The HIDDEN Geology of BOLO DE ROLO (Brazilian Rolled Cake)
Dr Haydon Mort unlocks the secrets of hidden structural geology using a popular cake from Northeast Brazil! (and the cakes look delicious….)

Dr Anjana Khatwa Jurassicgirl and MiniJurassicgirl discover how to make rocks out of sweets. Tempting and tasty but possibly not good for teeth!
Hunt dinosaurs in Devon with MiniJurassicgirl ably assisted by Jurassicgirl, other wise known as Sarita Khatwa and her mum Dr Anjana Khatwa! MiniJurassicgirl Discovers: Fossilised Dinosaur Footprints! In this roarsome adventure Anjana and Sarita visit Keates Quarry in Purbeck to explore REAL dinosaur footprints! Incredibly 145 million years ago, gigantic Sauropod dinosaurs walked across this landscape leaving their traces behind as footprint trackways.

The Lapworth Museum of Geology
have some excellent ideas for primary school teachers and home educators at Activities to Try at Home. These include

The Lyme Regis Museum has an imaginative MAKE & DO section on their website. Do take a look as there are ideas for making an ammonite out of cardboard, paper straws and old magazines, or a plesiosaur out of a paper plate. is the world’s largest open database of minerals, rocks and meteorites. The Rocks and Minerals of Minecraft – Minecraft fans can find out how similar the Minecraft resources are to real rocks and minerals.

Mole Valley Geological Society have put together the first two of the MVGS Geo Quizzes, with more to follow. A good test of your knowledge!

The Museum of Wales gives younger children the chance to unearth a dinosaur fossil, discover the size of Tyrannosaurus rex’s feet and explore what dinosaurs liked to eat

The Natural History Museum
For home-educators, the NHM have some wonderful ideas at Try this at home. Including Dippy on tour resources for Dino fans ages 4-7. Try out – Activity 13: Walk like a dinosaur – make your own dinosaur feet
How to make a volcano provides a guide to making a fun but messy exploding volcano model, probably best ‘exploded’ outside if possible. This link also contains a lot of information about different types of volcanoes.

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History has some colouring sheets for the more crafty younger geologist. GFYS particularly liked this one: Fabulous fossils

Saffron Walden Museum has been putting online games and activities relating to their collections. One challenge is a fossil jigsaw where it is possible to change the number of pieces to make it harder or easier and when you complete the puzzle you get a report on how long it took you!

USGS (US Geological Survey) shows us how to Make a nautiloid model this looks great fun! Make and paint a model nautiloid – printing the outline on thin card is advised.

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