Explore Geology

 

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Grab your magnifying glass and become a geologist, using these three hands-on activities to develop your skills! Make you own mineral identification kit, investigate the chemistry of crystals, or dig into learning about fossiliferous limestone.  Each activity includes a PDF with a materials list and step-by-step instructions.

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MAKE A MINERAL KIT
Use household materials to create your very own mineral ID kit! Learn about their properties and identify minerals around your home.

 

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FIZZY FOSSILS
Use white distilled vinegar (an acid) to investigate the composition of fossiliferous limestone (a base).

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ROCK CANDY
Combine sugar, water and heat to create a solution that will form large crystals over time.  NOTE: This activity requires adult supervision.