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Issue 64 of the Rockwatch Magazine – published July 2013
A review of some of our exciting events and activities over the past few months.
CRYSTALS FROM BUTTER
Ever tried butter sculpting? It’s a very old craft as Susanna van Rose explains. She carved a range of crystals such as you might find on a Rockwatch field trip; perhaps you can do so, too, after reading her article and with a bit of practice!
MINERALS TO MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER!
A minerals quiz to keep you on your toes. How many can you identify?
WHAT ON EARTH WOULD WE DO WITHOUT MINERALS?
Geologists are vital for the minerals industry. They find the minerals we need for practically everything we use to make our lives more comfortable. Susanna van Rose highlights some of the essential minerals that are used to make the products we need in our daily lives.
SUPER ERUPTIONS AT YELLOWSTONE
Ben Ellis describes the extraordinary and still-active geological wonders of Yellowstone National Park in North America. But the park also has a potential dark side, find out more!
WHAT’S THE STORY IN A SAND GRAIN?
You, too, can be a geo-detective when you carefully examine different sands as Alan Holiday explains. As your geological knowledge increases you will soon gain the expertise needed to identify the origin of many of the different sands you encounter on your holidays.
NORBER’S FAMOUS ERATICS ON THE MOVE AGAIN
Tony Waltham gives an update on how and why these famous erratic boulders have moved again. It’s not necessarily what you might think!
SHARKS IN BLACKPOOL!
We learn from Peter Doyle why there may or may not be sharks in Blackpool. In fact, it’s very unlikely there are, but there were more than 12,000 sharks’ teeth found when a huge tank which held marine creatures was drained after 23 years. Sharks loose teeth regularly and scientists at the Sea Life Centre in Blackpool intend to use these to develop a technique to help explore global warming. Read how.