Intro to Geology

Hi Everyone! This week we are going to look at Geology for Kids. We’ve got some useful links for learning and some great geological sites within Germany you can put on your list to visit!

National Geographic Kids

This page has a slideshow and article introducing Geology to kids, and includes photo galleries of volcanos, earthquakes, and the Grand Canyon, and a quiz about minerals (Tricky! I only got 60% on the first try!):

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/science/geology-101/

Stephan Hlohowskyj

Intro to Geology:

Cool video from this earth scientist introducing the concepts of Geology

Basics of Sedimentary Rocks:

PBS Science Trek Video (5 min)

What Forces Shape Your Earth:

https://www.pbs.org/video/d4k-geology-basics-o1a1qo/

Mark Sammartano

A Brief Introduction to Minerals: A great and very informative video about what a mineral is:

He also has a  detailed 8 and a half minute video on how to identify minerals:

For further exploration:

Geology App by Kids Discover:

Here is a video where you can preview the app:

You can visit the Naturkundemuseum/Natural History Museum and check out their mineral collection:

https://www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/en/science/infrastructure/collection/mineralogy-and-petrography

The Mineral Collection alone comprises 180,000 samples of approximately 3,000 minerals, which is about 60 percent of all known minerals. It is the largest and most diverse Mineral Collection in Germany and therefore comparable in significance to collections of other major natural history museums in Europe. The meteorite collection comprises 6,000 specimens of approximately 4,100 different meteorites. The Rock and Ore Collection comprises approximately 70,000 rock and ore samples and is subdivided into Regional Rock, Systematic Rock, Impactite, Crystalline Erratic Rock, Ore, and Natural Building Stone sub-collections. There are also thin sections and polished thick sections of rocks and minerals attached to the collection. The comprehensive Impactite Collection comprising 5,000 impact crater rock specimens is unique in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Buying Stones:

If you search “Metavio” on Amazon, you can find lots of stone collections (we got one that comes in a really nice cloth bag and it has an index to identify the stones), as well as excavation, fossil, geode and gemstone study sets.

Looking for a fun family trip in Germany for your rock enthusiast?

Culture Trip has a list of 11 magical caves to visit in Germany:

Visit the Externstein near the Teutoberg Forest

A distinctive sandstone rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest, near the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg in the Lippe district of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. (Wikipedia) (See feature Image)

Or hike through the Beautiful Sandstone formations in Swiss Saxony:

https://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/en.html

The German Mining Museum in Bochum is the biggest mining museum worldwide. They have now opened their doors again with hygiene measures in place. You can pay what you like until Sept 30th, the visitors mine requires registration for a guided tour, and masks should be worn in all indoor spaces. For more information see their website: https://www.bergbaumuseum.de/en/

PLEASE NOTE: We are not paid to advertise and cannot attest to the quality of products or experiences listed. Proceed at your own risk.

Check back for our next post on geology related activities you can do at home! Send us a message if you know of any other cool links to explore. 

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