Monday 31 October 2022

Speeding up nature - enhanced weathering

Our new ELI today is another in our 'net zero' emissions series: 'Speeding up nature to trap carbon dioxide; the potential role of enhanced weathering and carbonation in mitigating climate change'.

This activity explains two case studies in the sequestration of carbon by promoting enhanced weathering processes. It asks pupils to suggest the stages in quarrying and processing the basalt where carbon emissions might be involved. How does the “carbon footprint” of the proposals for Sao Paulo State compare with that in the Newcastle study?

You can find many other activities related to how we can reach our 'net zero' emissions target.

Monday 17 October 2022

Electric vehicles - advantages and disadvantages

The new ELI today is another in our series about ways to reach the 'net zero' emissions target - 'Electric vehicles - the way to go? Investigating the advantages and disadvantage of EVs'.

The air in many towns and cities is polluted, mostly by the emissions from vehicles using petrol or diesel as fuel. Electric vehicles offer a solution but there are still many technological problems to overcome. This activity investigates advantages and disadvantages.

Other topics in this series can be found here.

Monday 10 October 2022

Banana benders - simulating folding and faulting

Following the last post about fault structures, have you tried 'Banana benders; using a banana to simulate geological structures'?


There is an accompanying video clip.

This simulation could be used in any lesson where deformation of rocks is being discussed, whether small-scale, in a hand specimen or rock exposure, or large-scale as in mountain building.

Other related ELIs can be found in our 'Deformation - folding and faulting' category.

Monday 3 October 2022

Describing fault structures in detail

The new ELI today is another in our series of picturing geological features, 'Picturing tectonic structures - 1 faulting: visualise and draw fault structures from a verbal description'.

This activity enhances pupils’ skills of description and interpretation using photographs of faulted rocks at various scales. 

Many more Earthlearningideas relating to structural geology can be found in our 'Deformation - folding and faulting' category.