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Aria’s Litter Picking Leads to First Fossil Find and now she’s Hooked
Aug11

Aria’s Litter Picking Leads to First Fossil Find and now she’s Hooked

Getting the fossil hunting bug can happen quite by chance as Aria discovered. Earlier this year, Aria was out being a litter picking hero in her local community of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire when she came across a fossil. Being curious about her first fossil find, Aria got in touch with Rockwatch to find out more about it and we’re thrilled that this led to her joining Rockwatch and exploring her newfound interest in geology...

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A Dry Stone Waller’s Perk of the Job – Finding Fossils
Aug04

A Dry Stone Waller’s Perk of the Job – Finding Fossils

Sometimes finding fossils can be a perk of the job. As a professional dry stone waller you work with different types of natural stone to shape them to fit together to create walls. It’s a very old tradition which dates back several millennia and it’s a profession that is on the rise again. By shaping rocks, the chances of finding fossils are pretty high, depending on where the rocks come from. Otis’s fossil was found this way by his...

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Oliver’s Fossil Find
Jun04

Oliver’s Fossil Find

Oliver recently discovered a fossil whilst exploring the Lea Quarry on the Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, which is a popular Rockwatch fieldtrip location and sent this fabulous find in to ask for help in identifying it. We’d love to go back there again with Rockwatchers as soon as it is safe for us to do so! Already knowledgeable about the local geology of the area and keen to understand what he had found,  Oliver explained,...

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Please join the GA Zoom workshop on Geological Collections
May18

Please join the GA Zoom workshop on Geological Collections

Virtual Zoom Meeting Saturday June 19th 2021 from 7pm-9pm Please join the GA Zoom workshop on Geological Collections. Presented by Dr Caroline Buttler and a team from National Museum Wales in Cardiff. Collecting rocks and fossils often sparks an interest in geology, whether it is as a child or an adult, the questions raised about Deep-time and how things were in the past fascinate us. Geological collections are found in many of our...

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Fabulous Finds is Launched!
May16

Fabulous Finds is Launched!

Rockwatch is excited to launch Fabulous Finds! If you love fossil, rock or mineral hunting then you’re going to love our brand new fabulous finds section! Here you’ll find our fossil identification form where you can send us photos and details about what you’ve found, and we’ll write back with our thoughts on what you’ve unearthed. In this section you’ll also be able to dig deeper and find details...

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Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021 details announced
May16

Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021 details announced

We’re thrilled to announce details of the Rockwatch’s Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021! It’s a key highlight of the Rockwatch Calendar and we look forward to receiving your entries in this year’s competition. You don’t have to be a Rockwatch member to enter and we have different age categories and media types to choose from – there’s so much scope for you to get creative with...

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The Royal Society’s Summer Science Programme dates announced
May16

The Royal Society’s Summer Science Programme dates announced

Save the dates! The Royal Society have announced that this year’s Annual Summer Science Programme is taking place from 8-11 July 2021. As part of this there will be special school events online on 8-9 July which you need to register for in advance. Sign up to receive an email so they can contact you when the full Programme is...

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Look into the eye of a volcano
Apr09

Look into the eye of a volcano

This stunning film of the dramatic eruption of an Icelandic volcano on 21st March will be sure to thrill our Rockwatch members. Reported in the Icelandic newspaper, Morgunblaðið’s at mbl.is, photographer and entrepreneur Björn Steinbekk shares this incredible footage which was filmed by drones. With this new technology, Steinbekk was able to see right into the eye of the eruption and over the eruption fissure. Many of our...

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Issue 87 of the Rockwatch Magazine: published April 2021
Apr03

Issue 87 of the Rockwatch Magazine: published April 2021

Issue 87 Contents List: published April 2021 basalt-biscuits ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 Basalt Biscuits recipe MINERALS IN YOUR MOBILE What goes into your cellphone TOOTHY TALE OF A SPINOSAURUS Fossil inspiration for a good story SITE-SEEING IN PARYS An adventure near to home WOOD YOU BELIEVE THE GEOLOGY? Fossils in inner-city London CURLING STONES – STRAIGHT FACTS The special granites behind a sport TAKING ON THE...

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New Rock Show Online Launching Today
Mar01

New Rock Show Online Launching Today

Rockwatchers may be interested to know that The Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society’s Rock Show Online goes live today! The show features exhibits about the rock cycle, fossils and dinosaurs, fluorescent minerals, industry and the arts so there’s something for everyone whether it’s to support your GCSE science curriculum or you have a passion for geology. Check out the Rock Show...

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The Bendricks Fossilised Dinosaur Footprints in South Wales
Feb25

The Bendricks Fossilised Dinosaur Footprints in South Wales

Bendricks dinosaur trackways ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 6 Bendricks dinosaur trackways Steve Howe shares his fascinating geological insights into The Bendricks, where Lily Wilder recently hit national news with her dinosaur footprint fossil find, as featured on the BBC website. The coast between Cardiff and Barry exposes a wonderful succession of 220-200 million year old Upper Triassic rocks.  Around Penarth and...

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Issue 86 of the Rockwatch Magazine: published December 2020
Dec16

Issue 86 of the Rockwatch Magazine: published December 2020

Issue 86 Contents List: published December 2020 BEACH CLUES TO LOST WORLDS ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 BEACH CLUES TO LOST WORLDS BEACH CLUES TO LOST WORLDS Delving into Triassic/Jurassic times HOW AMMONITES CLOCK CLIMATE The special qualities of a widespread fossil FULGURITES: GLASS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHTNING How bolts from the blue create a mineraloid THE SONG OF THE ICE The science and sounds of Antarctica in music...

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A Tribute to the Late Dr Matthew Parkes
Dec16

A Tribute to the Late Dr Matthew Parkes

Dr Matthew Parkes, the geological curator for the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, died suddenly this October of a heart attack. Matthew was passionate about geology, and about sharing his knowledge with museum visitors especially the younger visitors. He encouraged budding geologists of all ages to learn how to understand and identify rocks and fossils. He’s been a staunch supporter of Rockwatch as an adult member for...

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Adventures of a robot geologist on Mars – Imperial College Christmas Lecture
Dec07

Adventures of a robot geologist on Mars – Imperial College Christmas Lecture

Rockwatchers may be interested in the Imperial College London’s Children’s Christmas Lecture which this year is being held online. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 17.30 – 18.30. Join Professor Sanjeev Gupta on a journey to Mars, to search for evidence of ancient extraterrestrial life! Find out how geologists use robots to explore the Red Planet and work out what the Martian landscape looked...

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Rockstar Competition Winners and Entries 2020
Nov07

Rockstar Competition Winners and Entries 2020

To coincide with this year’s Virtual Festival of Geology, Rockwatch is delighted to showcase a selection of this year’s Rockstars 2020 Competition Winners and Entries in this short movie. As in previous years, judges were really impressed with the very high standard of entries this year and enjoyed the broad range of imaginative, creative and comprehensive geology-related projects.  Entrants wowed us with their...

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Live Events Schedule for vFOG 2020
Nov05

Live Events Schedule for vFOG 2020

To help you plan your visit to the Virtual Festival of Geology – aka vFOG 2020 – here’s a handy summary of the Live Events taking place on Saturday 7 November. Rockwatch was in the Discovery Room all day for the interactive sessions with the Geobus Earthquake Challenge, and then at 2pm with the Chalking with Dinosaurs workshop, both of which you can watch on the festival website. There were lots of FREE public...

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Download the Guide to the Virtual Festival of Geology
Nov04

Download the Guide to the Virtual Festival of Geology

Download the full programme Guide for the first ever Virtual Festival of Geology today and start planning your virtual visit ahead of this weekend! Use the Guide to discover the exciting programme of live events and use it to navigate around the first virtual Festival of Geology. The Guide contains details about the live events taking place, the fun you’ll encounter in the Rockwatch Discovery Room, details of Tours and Field...

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Walks and Talks at the Virtual Festival of Geology
Oct27

Walks and Talks at the Virtual Festival of Geology

There was so much to see and do at this year’s first ever Virtual Festival of Geology – you needed a whole weekend to cover it all! We’ve already highlighted some of the activities you can get involved with in the Discovery Room, where you’ll find Rockwatch, but did you know there were some fantastic walks and talks planned too which you can either do virtually or for real. Here’s a quick run-down of the...

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Register now for the Festival of Geology Discovery Room Events! – Now Closed!
Oct25

Register now for the Festival of Geology Discovery Room Events! – Now Closed!

You’re in for a treat if you join in with the activities taking place in the Rockwatch Discovery Room at this year’s Virtual Festival of Geology! There’s a whole weekend of fun planned for geology lovers and it’s all FREE and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home! The live festival may has finished but the fun doesn’t stop there! You can still visit the festival site to explore all the resources. Recordings of...

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Lyme Regis Fossil Festival this weekend
Oct23

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival this weekend

Come along to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival this weekend! The popular Festival had to be cancelled from it’s usual summer spot and is now VIRTUAL. There will be lots to see and do and aimed particularly at children. The site goes live at midnight tonight and all tomorrow there will be films to watch, talks to listen to with live questions to the speaker – you can find out how to become a palaeontologist, ask what’s...

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Metamorphic Marble Fudge
Oct19

Metamorphic Marble Fudge

By Fureya Nelson Riggott FUREYA NELSON RIGGOTT made a fantastic geological recipe book in a previous Rockstar competition. Here we share three of her recipes to illustrate three different kinds of rock: one sedimentary, one igneous and one metamorphic. This is the third, or more specifically, metamorphic marble fudge. Metamorphic rock is formed when limestone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures. The word ‘marble’ comes from...

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Edible Sedimentary Oolitic Limestone
Oct19

Edible Sedimentary Oolitic Limestone

By Fureya Nelson Riggott FUREYA NELSON RIGGOTT made a fantastic geological recipe book in a previous Rockstar competition. Here we share three of her recipes to illustrate three different kinds of rock: one sedimentary, one igneous and one metamorphic. Let’s start with sedimentary, or more specifically, Oolitic limestone. Oolitic limestone was formed in England in the Jurassic Period, and forms the Cotswold Hills, the Isle of...

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Pancake Rocks
Oct19

Pancake Rocks

By Kate Salmon Where were pancakes invented? New Zealand of course! They have the oldest pancakes in the world, 33 million years old that is… Are they still edible? KATE SALMON investigates… On the West Coast of New Zealand South Island, in the small town of Punakaiki, people from all over the world gather to see these rocks. The coastline around the town is made up of what appears to be stacks of giant pancakes. They look like...

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Puddingstone Cake
Oct19

Puddingstone Cake

By Susanna van Rose Britain has lots of pebble beaches. What happens to these huge collections of shingle when they turn into rock? SUSANNA VAN ROSE explains by using a fruit and nut cake you can make at home. What is a conglomerate? A real, proper conglomerate should be made of rounded pebbles, some of which touch each other. In between the pebbles is fine-grained material, often sandy in texture, which holds everything together....

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