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  • The most up-to-date, in-depth, interactive teaching and learning resource on Antarctica
    Discovering Antarctica (British Antarctic Survey)
    The most up-to-date, in-depth, interactive teaching and learning resource on Antarctica
  • NERC's award winning quarterly magazine contains all the latest environmental science news. A great resource for teachers and students.
    Planet Earth - NERC
    NERC's award winning quarterly magazine contains all the latest environmental science news. A great resource for teachers and students.
  • Free booklets for schools are available from NERC
    NERC Publications
    Free booklets for schools are available from NERC
  • A simple schematic model of the Eyjafjallaj?kull volcano summit, crater and ash plume. Available from the BGS site<br /><br />It is intended as a simple guide to understanding how volcanoes such as Eyjafjallaj?kull are influenced by tectonic plate activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. <br /><br />It also shows the route of the floodwater from melted glacier ice to the sea.<br />
    Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallaj?kull Model
    A simple schematic model of the Eyjafjallaj?kull volcano summit, crater and ash plume. Available from the BGS site

    It is intended as a simple guide to understanding how volcanoes such as Eyjafjallaj?kull are influenced by tectonic plate activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

    It also shows the route of the floodwater from melted glacier ice to the sea.
  • Become a rock detective! This useful free map shows the rocks of Britain and Ireland grouped according to the environment under which they were formed. The accompanying table explains how evidence for past climates, including the extreme conditions linked to mass extinctions, can be found in the rocks around us. Students can investigate these links in guided activities and discover the mysteries revealed by the stories of the rocks. Schools can order the map free of charge and download additional resources that provide stand-alone lessons or a sequences of activities.
    Climate Through Time
    Become a rock detective! This useful free map shows the rocks of Britain and Ireland grouped according to the environment under which they were formed. The accompanying table explains how evidence for past climates, including the extreme conditions linked to mass extinctions, can be found in the rocks around us. Students can investigate these links in guided activities and discover the mysteries revealed by the stories of the rocks. Schools can order the map free of charge and download additional resources that provide stand-alone lessons or a sequences of activities.
  • Look at the landscape and find out what's under your feet.
    iGeology 3D free Android phone app from BGS
    Look at the landscape and find out what's under your feet.
  • A set to four downloadable PDF posters and quizzes to accompany the Disaster Zone! Volcano Information Posters
    Disaster Zone! Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Volcanoes
    A set to four downloadable PDF posters and quizzes to accompany the Disaster Zone! Volcano Information Posters
  • 'OneZoom is a new way to visualise the tree of life. Zoom down to species level. Now links to ARKive and other sites.
    OneZoom Tree of LIfe
    'OneZoom is a new way to visualise the tree of life. Zoom down to species level. Now links to ARKive and other sites.
  •  The atmosphere, weather and climate change are also relevant and topical contexts to engage young people about a variety of scientific processes taught within the science curriculum.
    Improving weather forecasts - NERC
    The atmosphere, weather and climate change are also relevant and topical contexts to engage young people about a variety of scientific processes taught within the science curriculum.
  • A citizen science project following the distribution of ladybird species in the UK
    UK Ladybird Survey
    A citizen science project following the distribution of ladybird species in the UK
  • An interactive timeline available online or as a downloadable flash app.
    BGS Geological Timeline
    An interactive timeline available online or as a downloadable flash app.
  • Discover all the online and free resources available from the British Geological Survey
    BGS Discovering Geology
    Discover all the online and free resources available from the British Geological Survey
  • Card models to bring ancient creatures to life
    Prehistoric puppets and models
    Card models to bring ancient creatures to life
  • Educational services and resources from the British Antarctic Survey
    British Antarctic Survey Educational Resources
    Educational services and resources from the British Antarctic Survey
  • Information from BGS on how to get started and join in the project.
    UK Schools Seismology Project
    Information from BGS on how to get started and join in the project.
  • myVolcano is an iPhone/iPad app that tells you about all the volcanoes in the world and allows you to add photos and other information in citizenscience mode.
    myVolcano
    myVolcano is an iPhone/iPad app that tells you about all the volcanoes in the world and allows you to add photos and other information in citizenscience mode.
  • Studies in Hatfield tunnel show how alalytical tools are used to study fine particles in the air.
    Pollution from cars not just in exhaust fumes
    Studies in Hatfield tunnel show how alalytical tools are used to study fine particles in the air.
  • We should all swap at least half of the meat, dairy products and eggs we eat with cereals, lentils, beans and other plant-based foods to help reduce nitrogen pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health.
    Halving your meat intake would help the environment
    We should all swap at least half of the meat, dairy products and eggs we eat with cereals, lentils, beans and other plant-based foods to help reduce nitrogen pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health.
  • How have plankton shaped life on Earth? What role do they play in our lives? This resource explains how plankton underpins the marine food web, created our oil and gas, and shaped the landscape around us. Plankton contribute to the global carbon cycle, creating 50% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Rising sea temperatures due to climate change are altering the abundance, distribution, and seasonality of these remarkable creatures with ramifications for the ecology of the planet.
    Ocean Drifters - a secret world beneath the waves
    How have plankton shaped life on Earth? What role do they play in our lives? This resource explains how plankton underpins the marine food web, created our oil and gas, and shaped the landscape around us. Plankton contribute to the global carbon cycle, creating 50% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Rising sea temperatures due to climate change are altering the abundance, distribution, and seasonality of these remarkable creatures with ramifications for the ecology of the planet.
  • An app for anyone sailing to record sea plankton levels with GPS data
    Secchi Disk App
    An app for anyone sailing to record sea plankton levels with GPS data
  • Billy the Banded Mongoose is the story of what happens on a typical day for the mongooses in Mweya. Through reading the book you can find out what life as a mongoose is like, how looking after pups is hungry work and how the mongooses must work together to fight their nasty neighbours.
    Billy the Banded Mongoose
    Billy the Banded Mongoose is the story of what happens on a typical day for the mongooses in Mweya. Through reading the book you can find out what life as a mongoose is like, how looking after pups is hungry work and how the mongooses must work together to fight their nasty neighbours.
  • Read the top 10 prize winning short articles by young natural science researchers working around the world.
    NERC researcher articles
    Read the top 10 prize winning short articles by young natural science researchers working around the world.
  • A parasitic mite has helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a virus to countless honeybees, helping to wipe out hundreds of colonies, according to the latest study.
    Parasitic mite spreads lethal virus to honeybees
    A parasitic mite has helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a virus to countless honeybees, helping to wipe out hundreds of colonies, according to the latest study.
  • Inspirational short videos from NERC and other research partners. Our favourite video is from a research scientist  who explains how his research has helped to show that imported bees for crop pollination were infected with parasites.
    NERC YouTube Channel
    Inspirational short videos from NERC and other research partners. Our favourite video is from a research scientist who explains how his research has helped to show that imported bees for crop pollination were infected with parasites.
  • Taxonomy unlocks our knowledge of the living world, but it has to change to keep pace with technology and the demands of society. Find out how Kew and its partners at the Natural History Museum, London and the University of Oxford are starting a taxonomic revolution.
    Taxonomy goes digital
    Taxonomy unlocks our knowledge of the living world, but it has to change to keep pace with technology and the demands of society. Find out how Kew and its partners at the Natural History Museum, London and the University of Oxford are starting a taxonomic revolution.

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