These materials support BBC's Frozen Planet, a study of the Arctic and Antarctic environments. Resources include video clips, interactive maps and a free course that examine these regions and how ice has shaped the landscapes, determines the structure of the ecosystem and the animals that prosper, and even drives our global climate.
Using the virtual microscope, students will zoom, pan, and rotate specimens in variable light conditions, helping to develop their classification and identification skills without need for high cost microscopes and thin section preparation facilities. The virtual microscope may be used as a complete collection or reused and repurposed individually, since each specimen will have a unique URL. The intention is to engage and excite students in Earth science using rocks of the British Isles held in key collections, and aid teaching of mineral and rock identification skills in HE institutions and schools. We plan to explore continued expansion of the initial collection by offering a digitisation service to HE institutions and industry.