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An online course for anyone interested in the geological history of the British Isles. A bumpy ride that commences around 3 billion years ago. You’ll have to endure violent volcanoes, plate collisions, warm coral reefs,steaming equatorial forests, hot dry deserts and ice ages before we eventually arrive at the present day. 

Over the coming weeks we’re going to be exploring the basics of our planet. We begin at the beginning some 4,650 million years ago and go on to examine what the Earth is made of and how it works; the story of life on the planet and much, much more.

Fossils (from the Latin Fossus, literally "having been dug up") are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants and other organisms from the remote past (Wikipedia) Fossils are very useful in identifying the past conditions and in some cases the exact period in which the rock layer formed.

Palaeontology, or the study of fossils, starts with observation. If you see something and can describe it in simple words then it is almost certainly correct. We are all here to learn and learning starts where you are.

The course begins with the ingredients, the chemicals that are available to make the minerals that go on to make igneous rocks. Over the following weeks we’ll give you an introduction to all the main aspects of volcanoes and igneous rocks.