Oliver Shorttle

Geologist

Easter: week 4

Steeplechase

Revise hand specimen and microscope descriptions of rocks, fossils, minerals.

Remember, description is more than identification.

  • For rock specimens we want to know their mineralogy, textures, rock type (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary at the coarsest level), and formation history. (See also guide here.)
  • For fossils we want to know about preservation mode, what type of fossil is it, what organism is it, what was its mode of life and other paleoecological/environmental information.

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