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Discovering Geology

Download and print free educational resources, from colour-in maps to making volcano models, try our range of map viewers or learn about fossils and geological time.

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Climate through time feature image

Climate change through time

Explaining our planet’s changing climate and the different rocks that formed as environmental conditions varied through geological time.

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Bismuth (synthetic form). © BGS / UKRI

Critical minerals resources

Our modern lives rely on a whole host of metals and minerals that are extracted from the ground. Available resources include classroom activities and a touring festival stand.

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Earth hazards resources

Make a volcano model or work through some classroom activities that introduce P- and S- waves, earthquake seismology and marsquakes.

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Spiral timeline

Fossils and geological time resources

You can download, print and make a number of paper dinosaur puppets to play with or colour-in a geological timeline to hang in your bedroom or classroom.

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Colour in Geology map


Explore or download a range of free-to-view, BGS maps to help you explore the rocks around you and learn more about geological time and climate change.

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Scarborough Castle headland

Postcard geology

Find out more about sites of geological interest around the UK, as described by BGS staff.

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Wind farm.

Energy resources

Complete lesson plans with videos and worksheets on geothermal energy, energy storage and future energy planning.

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Fragments of rocks found around Rutland Water, the oolitic limestone is at the top, a green-grey stripy volcanic rock is to the right, then chert (white), quartz (red), ironstone (brown) and granite (grey, white, black, pink). Source: BGS © UKRI

Rock observation resources

Activities to help budding geologists identify rocks and minerals. Available resources include grain size charts, rock loan kits, and classroom activites.

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The CheMUDstry Investigation

Mud, like everything around us, has its own chemistry. We all interact with soil
and its chemistry every day, without even knowing we are doing it! For our
CheMUDstry investigation we will be making mud pies and using them in different
activities to look at soil chemistry.

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