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Resources: Earth Structure & Planetary Science

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Resources from the Geological Society

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Perseverance Rover

Studying rocks and minerals on Mars's surface and subsurface will help geologists understand what sort of environments existed on Mars millions of years ago and whether these would have been able to support ancient life. Find out more about Perseverance Rover in our downloadable poster.


Online interactive resource: The Rock Cycle

A web resource for UK Key Stage 3 (3rd-4th Level) science students, with interactive animations, UK case studies and quizzes. Find out how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes.

Presentations & Activity Sheets

Have a look at our new selection of activity sheets and presentations.


Education Resources: Mining and minerals

Almost everything in the modern world uses minerals or their by-products in some way. Find out how geologists explore for mineral deposits, how they are mined and some unexpected uses!

Resources from other organisations

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Deep Earth Explorers resources

Seismology and Earth structure themed lessons aimed at KS3 and KS4 built around key concepts covered in maths and science syllabuses. Resources designed with teachers, students, outreach experts and scientific researchers to bring together accurate, relevant scientific concepts in fun and interactive ways.


Virtual Microscope

The Open University virtual microscope collections include a full range of rock types native to Earth and beyond, plus minerals and fossils, all linked to maps and resources. Rocks can be viewed as hand specimens and under an interactive online microscope.

British Geological Survey: Make-a-Map

A simple interactive geological map of the British Isles for amateur geologists, students and teachers. View the main rock units with accompanying timecharts, create custom maps highlighting specific rocks, or print outlines for students to colour in.


British Geological Survey Maps

Small and medium scale maps of UK geology, available for free in several formats. The iGeology smartphone app lets you take geological maps wherever you go. The Online Viewer includes maps, borehole scans, earthquakes & 3D models. The Maps Portal has high resolution scans of maps and sections, including 1:63,360/1:50,000 scale maps of England, Wales & Scotland.


Virtual Experiments

Interactive animated experiments from the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA). Topics include rock strength, metamorphism, resistivity, porosity, permeability, speed of cooling, boreholes and earthquakes.

Teaching Resources from

Activities and lesson plans that can easily be modified for the classroom. Topics include astronomy, earthquakes and volcanoes, plate tectonics, erosion, water, maps, rocks and minerals, and weather.