Category Archives: rocks & minerals

New at Erratics: more adventures in copper mineralisation

Nina Fitzgerald, our latest Earth Science Erratics contributor, continues and concludes her run of guest posts with two more articles on copper mineralisation. In the first, she explains the role of hydrothermal sulphide mineralisation in forming copper ore: Still wondering … Continue reading

Categories: links, rocks & minerals

New at Erratics: from lahar to suevite

In his second post at Earth Science Erratics Simon Wellings reveals a rather interesting deskcrop, collected from Scotland in his youth: Since it was picked up, this rock has changed identities: what was once thought to be a mud flow … Continue reading

Categories: planets, Proterozoic, rocks & minerals

Using rock cubes to learn about hydrogeology

Dunking rocks in water – and doing some measurements and calculations – helps my students get a hands-on understanding of porosity. Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, hydrology, rocks & minerals, science education

Glacial deposits new and old in the Scottish isles

Islay – one of the birthplaces of the Snowball Earth. And good whisky. Continue reading

Categories: deep time, geology, outcrops, past worlds, photos, Proterozoic, rocks & minerals

Standing up for serpentinite

The presence of serpentinite is like a big red flag telling geologists “interesting tectonic stuff here!”. But in California, that might not be the only red flag that you will be seeing in the future, if the state government have their way. Continue reading

Categories: antiscience, geology, public science, rocks & minerals, science education