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Rockwatch Rockwatch is the nationwide, junior club of the Geologists Association. Posting to inspire young fossil fans and earth scientists.
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Rockwatchers may be interested to know that The Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society’s Rock Show Online goes live toda...
01/03/2021

Rockwatchers may be interested to know that The Harrow & 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.

https://www.hhgs.org.uk/RockShowOnline.html

Well done to 4 year old Lily Wilder for her fantastic dinosaur footprint find at the popular Rockwatch fieldtrip locatio...
03/02/2021

Well done to 4 year old Lily Wilder for her fantastic dinosaur footprint find at the popular Rockwatch fieldtrip location, Bendricks Bay, Barry in Wales. Let's hope we can return there for more fossil fun soon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55863928

#fossil #rockwatch #dinosaurs #footprint #bendricksbay #Wales #Barry

Photo credit: National Museum of Wales.

28/12/2020

Rockwatchers may be interested in the first Royal Institute Christmas Lecture which is on BBC 4 tonight at 8.00pm. It's by a great friend of Rockwatch - Chris Jackson, professor in Geology at Imperial College London. He will be charting the planet's changing climate. Once it was caused by volcanic activity; now, however, its humans who are generating all the trouble! He'll be showing us how the planet's oldest rocks and fossils tell a story of radical climate changes throughout history and how the Earth's finely balanced tectonic system - volcanoes - has controlled the level of carbon dioxide in the air. Now though, for the first time, humans are tipping the balance.
Sounds like something to watch!
BBC 4 tonight at 800

07/12/2020
register.gotowebinar.com

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 like early in our closest neighbour’s history. Do rock records on Mars show that life was possible in the planet's ancient environments? How is evidence preserved in rocks on Mars? Join our Children’s Christmas lecture to find out!

Sanjeev Gupta is Professor of Earth Sciences at Imperial College London. As a geologist he has spent much of his career studying sedimentary rock formations in various places including Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula and landscapes beneath the English Channel. In the last 10 years, he rotated his attention to exploring the geology of Mars. Sanjeev is a science team member on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory – the Curiosity rover – and on the Perseverance and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

The lecture is aimed at 11-16 year olds and together with the Q&A session will last for one hour and it is free to attend.

You can share this link with your colleagues, students, friends and family so that they can register too. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the lecture through GoToWebinar.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3905142456656298509

Mission Control at the Geologists' Association - aka Rockwatch HQ - at today's Virtual Festival of Geology! Live talks, ...
07/11/2020

Mission Control at the Geologists' Association - aka Rockwatch HQ - at today's Virtual Festival of Geology! Live talks, workshops and break out groups currently taking place and more to come! Please join us! https://festivalofgeology.org.uk #vfog
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Thank you so much Dr Amy Edgington for presenting such a fun and engaging session! There were lots of amazing questions ...
07/11/2020

Thank you so much Dr Amy Edgington for presenting such a fun and engaging session! There were lots of amazing questions for those who joined in. We found out so much about what earthquakes can teach us about the Earth and how to create your own shake-proof building!

Don't worry if you missed it, you'll be able to watch the session again and catch up with questions and answers soon on the website. We'll let you know when it's available.

There's still plenty to see and do on the festival website at https://festivalofgeology.org.uk/ so come and join us in the Rockwatch discovery room!

Download your Rockwatch Challenge Passport from the Rockwatch website today ready for when the Virtual Festival of Geolo...
06/11/2020

Download your Rockwatch Challenge Passport from the Rockwatch website today ready for when the Virtual Festival of Geology goes live tomorrow!

Step 1: You will find thirteen questions all across the virtual Festival of Geology website and on this passport. Find and answer ten
questions, making sure to record your answers in this passport.

Step 2: Simply fill in the online entry form or take a picture of your completed downloaded passport and email it to [email protected].

Step 3: We will get in touch to confirm your entry and post you your woven challenge badge!

Good luck!

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/complete-the-rockwatch-passport-challenge/

To help you plan your visit to the Virtual Festival of Geology – aka vFOG 2020 – here’s a handy summary of the Live Even...
05/11/2020

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 will be in the Discovery Room all day for the interactive sessions at 11am with the Geobus Earthquake Challenge, and then at 2pm with the Chalking with Dinosaurs workshop.

You can still sign up to these FREE events and join in the fun!

There are lots of FREE public lectures and chatrooms you can visit throughout the day. Just sign up to take part! Put your questions to our guest speakers or chat to others who share your passion for geology.

Sign up at https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/live-events-schedule-for-vfog-2020/

Download the full programme Guide for the first ever Virtual Festival of Geology today and start planning your virtual v...
04/11/2020

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 Trips you can do virtually and a wide range of Stalls from traders, societies and museums.

Download the Guide and start planning your weekend now!

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/download-the-guide-to-the-virtual-festival-of-geology/

QUESTION: What do you call fossilised poo?  ANSWER: Coprolite!    If you enjoy finding out the answers to questions like...
02/11/2020

QUESTION: What do you call fossilised poo?
ANSWER: Coprolite!

If you enjoy finding out the answers to questions like this one then you’ll love the Rockwatch Passport Challenge!

We’re launching The Rockwatch Passport Challenge this Saturday morning at the Virtual Festival of Geology!

If you enjoy a challenge then all you need to do is head over to the festival website Discovery Room, download the Rockwatch Challenge Passport and find the answers to the Earth science questions scattered throughout the virtual festival website.

Once you’ve answered all 10 questions, completed and returned the form, you’ll receive your very own exclusive woven Challenge Badge in the post that you can wear with pride!

You only have to wait a few more days before you can head over to the festival website on the 7 and 8 November and take up the challenge!

Don’t forget you can also join in these amazing live activities in the Discovery Room –

The ‘Geobus Earthquake Challenge’ – a live show where you’ll learn how to create a shake-proof building

and ‘Chalking with Dinosaurs‘ – a live session where you’ll be making your own dinosaur tracks in your own home!

Sign up to these FREE events and find out more now.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/complete-the-rockwatch-passport-challenge/QUESTION:

Join us. It will be fun and live experiments for the children to join in - Earthquake Challenge and Chalking with Dinosa...
30/10/2020

Join us. It will be fun and live experiments for the children to join in - Earthquake Challenge and Chalking with Dinosaurs.

There’s so much to see and do at this year’s first ever Virtual Festival of Geology that you’re going to need 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 are some fantastic walks and talks planned too which you can either do virtually or for real.

Organisers have helpfully planned the talks – including public lectures and live chat rooms – to take place on Saturday 7 November, and the Walks – encompassing real walks and virtual tours and field trips – on Sunday 8 November. Find out more on the Rockwatch website - https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/walks-and-talks-at-the-virtual-festival-of-geology/

There’s so much to see and do at this year’s first ever Virtual Festival of Geology that you’re going to need a whole we...
27/10/2020

There’s so much to see and do at this year’s first ever Virtual Festival of Geology that you’re going to need 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 are some fantastic walks and talks planned too which you can either do virtually or for real.

Organisers have helpfully planned the talks – including public lectures and live chat rooms – to take place on Saturday 7 November, and the Walks – encompassing real walks and virtual tours and field trips – on Sunday 8 November. Find out more on the Rockwatch website - https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/walks-and-talks-at-the-virtual-festival-of-geology/

Register now for the Virtual Festival of Geology Discovery Room Events!You’re in for a treat if you register to join in ...
25/10/2020

Register now for the Virtual Festival of Geology Discovery Room Events!

You’re in for a treat if you register to join in with the activities taking place in the Discovery Room! 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 and the Rockwatch Team will be there with you joining in with the fun!

Join us from Saturday, 7 Nov 2020, 10:00 – Sun, 8 Nov 2020, 17:00 GMT.

This year’s exciting Discovery Room will include a fascinating mix of Rockwatch activities, live Earth science themed workshops from the GeoBus and Hidden Horizons plus videos, downloads and more!

Take part in the 2020 Rockwatch Passport Challenge! Collect and correctly answer the questions featured throughout the festival to receive a free woven badge to keep forever.

Find out more and Register today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-of-geology-the-discovery-room-tickets-125967085945?aff=erellivmlt&keep_tld=1#

Come along to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival this weekend!!  The popular Festival had to be cancelled from it's usual su...
23/10/2020

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. 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 the oldest, most common or weirdest fiossil. You'll also be able to 'fly' on a drone around Lyme Regis and it's famous locations where Mary Anning collected her fossils. Just go to: https://www.fossilfestival.co.uk/ any time from midnight Friday! Have fun.

Week 10 is the final in our current Dig Deeper series where Alan Holiday shares a visually dramatic account of a major l...
05/10/2020

Week 10 is the final in our current Dig Deeper series where Alan Holiday shares a visually dramatic account of a major landslide that took place in the 1980s in Nothe Gardens, in Weymouth.

Alan shows us the huge impact the landslide had on the area, though luckily spared nearby Nothe Fort. He explains how the local geology, formed of Nothe Grit and Nothe Clay combined with the effects of gravity, water and other factors led to the landslide.

He goes on to show how the repaired sea wall and other defences look today and how well they are faring against the elements.

View Alan’s Nothe Gardens Landslide, then and now presentation.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-nothe-gardens-landslide-then-and-now/

With September seeing a return to school for most children and young people, week 9 of our Dig Deeper series takes a loo...
28/09/2020

With September seeing a return to school for most children and young people, week 9 of our Dig Deeper series takes a look at geology-related topics students may encounter in their lessons over the coming months.

Robert Chandler introduces us to some of the topics that are studied in the sciences and geosciences in school such as the structure of the Earth and how it has evolved and moves over time, or the evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere, and much more besides.

Whether you’re studying these topics in school or have an interest in geology, this presentation is a helpful overview of the Earth’s materials that will complement what you learn in school and hopefully encourage you to keep learning about geology for fun.

Learn more about Earth Materials – Geology Topics Found in GCSEs by Robert Chandler.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-earth-materials-geology-topics-found-in-gcses/

In week 8 of our Dig Deeper series we return to the topic of coastal defences. This time, Alan Holiday tells us about Co...
21/09/2020

In week 8 of our Dig Deeper series we return to the topic of coastal defences. This time, Alan Holiday tells us about Coastal Protection at West Bay.

Alan explains the geology of its East and West cliffs, formed from sand, Frome clay and Forest Marble of the Lower and Middle Jurassic periods and shows us how the harbour’s location is affected by and prone to flooding.

Alan warns us that storms Ellen and Francis this year are a stark reminder of why coastal defences are crucial to the preservation of our coastline and ongoing protection of our coastal communities.

Explore Alan’s Coastal Protection at West Bay presentation now.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-coastal-protection-at-west-bay/

We’re excited to announce Week 7 of our Dig Deeper series as the first of our planned Geological Tales, capturing the st...
14/09/2020

We’re excited to announce Week 7 of our Dig Deeper series as the first of our planned Geological Tales, capturing the story-telling behind many geological discoveries.

In this presentation, fossil expert and Rockwatch supporter, Robert Chandler, charms us with this tale of an amazing discovery by friend and fellow geology club member, Bill Walker.

Robert takes us back to the time of the discovery in the 1980’s and shares details about Bill’s important fossil-find and its huge scientific significance.

Read My friend discovered a dinosaur and now it’s named after him by Robert Chandler.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-my-friend-discovered-a-dinosaur/

Week of our Dig Deeper series is the third in the series by geology expert, Alan Holiday on the topic of coastal defence...
07/09/2020

Week of our Dig Deeper series is the third in the series by geology expert, Alan Holiday on the topic of coastal defences, with its focus on Coastal Protection at Swanage.

Alan shows how the geology and other factors at Swanage Bay have led to landslides and what - and importantly - when protective measures have been put in place to help reduce the risk of further landslides.

Delve into Alan’s Coastal Protection at Swanage presentation now.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-coastal-protection-at-swanage/

Join this year’s Rockstar Royalty and you could be crowned one of our Rockstar 2020 winners and be in with a chance of w...
03/09/2020

Join this year’s Rockstar Royalty and you could be crowned one of our Rockstar 2020 winners and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

And because many schools are having a staggered return this year, we've extended the competition deadline to Monday 21st September - giving you more time to enter!

Entries can be handmade and hand written projects like this smashing Coronation Crown featuring the Queen’s precious jewels which a past Rockstar sent in with a handmade illustrated book giving the geology/geological history of the gemstones used making it, or you can use digital media to create a picture, video, animation or game.

There are plenty of ideas from other previous winners to inspire you and tips to help you so get cracking, download the entry form and send your entries in! If you publish a video online on YouTube or other video platform then simply send the link details with your entry form.

Send your entries to us at Rockwatch asap by post, email us at [email protected], or share your file with us using a file sharing site such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Get in touch with us if you’re not sure how to send us your file.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/join-this-years-rockstar-royalty/

For week 5 of our Dig Deeper series, we’re delighted to be featuring Jurassicgirl, aka Dr Anjana Khatwa, on one of her p...
31/08/2020

For week 5 of our Dig Deeper series, we’re delighted to be featuring Jurassicgirl, aka Dr Anjana Khatwa, on one of her popular vlog field trips from Spyway Barn to Dancing Ledge in Dorset.

In her vlog, Anjana describes how the ledge was formed hundreds of years ago through quarrying. The rocks are limestone and form part of the Portland stone formation, dating back to 146 million years ago, a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Watch Jurassicgirl journey to Dancing Ledge.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/jurassicgirl-journeys-to-dancing-ledge

Week four of our Dig Deeper series explores the theme of coastal defences again but this time we’re in Weymouth and the ...
24/08/2020

Week four of our Dig Deeper series explores the theme of coastal defences again but this time we’re in Weymouth and the story will be told through photographs.

Weymouth geology expert, Alan Holiday returns to present a unique longitudinal insight into coastal erosion in the Weymouth Bay area. Alan chronicles more than a century of geological changes through photographs dating back to the early 1900’s, right up to the present day.

If you look closely, you may be able to spot groynes, slumping, gabions and more!

View the presentation to find out more.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/dig-deeper-weymouth-coastal-defences/

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Hi, can anybody recommended a microscope suitable for a beginner to examine both mineral and fossil finds please? I'd like to spend about £100-150 and would like a binocular type with the ability to link to phone for pics or laptop connection to save images. Thank you
Rockwatch member Lawrence found an awesome ammonite in one of the illminster arable fields in Somerset today!
For all geologists and collectors! A date for your diary: Essex Gem & Mineral Show – Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10am - 4pm at North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row RM5 3QJ. Gems, rocks, fossils, minerals, jewellery, books, meteorites. www.erms.org/show--events.
Tickets still available for Wednesday talk in Wisbech.
A few fossils found this morning by my 6 year old from Bishops Hill in south Warwickshire. Assuming Jurassic period as blue lias area, crinoid stems and Gryphaea?
https://www.facebook.com/VAR.CLUB/videos/495849900883648/ T. rex and Curatosaurus roberticus missing. If found please return to Wisbech & Fenland museum.
Former Rockwatch member Gareth Monger has an exhibition of artwork for sale at wisbech and Fenland museum’s Dinosaur! Exhibition of dinosaur skeletons from Sedgwick museum and palaeoart by a local artist. Children’s activities and virtual reality sessions. Free admission. See website or Facebook for details
Dinosaur! Exhibition at Wisbech and Fenland museum. Tuesdays -Saturdays 10 - 4pm August and September. Free admission. Children’s activities and VIRTUAL REALITY sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. See website for further details
A fab day at Much Wenlock!
We had such an AMAZING time at Much Wenlock today. I'm sure I carted home several kilograms of fossils for my sons! And after 38 years I finally found a trilobite. And then several more. Now for the T-rex bone ...
Some great finds at Bracklesham Bay!
Thank you for a nice (bit wet, hehe) and informative field trip to Lea Quarry.