Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS024
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course, we will be looking at a range of geological specimens from the tutor’s personal collection. You will learn to identify the common transparent minerals such as quartz and calcite, study the variety of volcanoes around the world and identify their lavas and discover the structure and life stories of common fossils.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The varieties of quartz from amethyst to agate and flint
- Some common ores of metals found in the British Isles
- Granites and allied rocks, their formation and how to identify them
- Volcanoes and their lavas
- Geological hazards; earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides
- The building stones of London; finding geology all around us
- How fossils are formed and their uses from Neolithic burials to oil exploration
- Describing and identifying a range of common minerals and fossils.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify a range of common rocks, minerals and fossils
- Have a basic knowledge of building stones used in London
- Tell a bivalve from a brachiopod and a trilobite from an ammonite.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course that is open to all and no prior knowledge of geology is necessary. An absolute minimum of chemical formulae will be used and always explained. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is will involve interactive lecture, discussion and questions and answer.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs but it would be useful to have a Mineral, Rock and Fossil I.D. book. Several suitable ones are published by Collins, Hamlyn and Dorling Kindersley.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS117 Geology beneath British landscapes.
Charles T. G. Clarke hails from the Republic of Ireland. He specialises in Archaeology and Human Evolutionary research. With a Bacholar of Science in Applied Archaeology from the Institute of Technology Sligo and a Master of Science in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology (IOA) University College London (UCL). His work touches on aspects of the geological sciences from radiometric dating to an understanding of rock formation. He currently works as a Commercial Archaeologist with Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) in the Republic of Ireland.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.