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VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes may be of interest to forum members. It is a free-to-use virtual fieldwork resource that can be viewed on a range of devices - phones, tablets, PCs and Macs - with internet access. The virtual field trips can be used to create a range of activities at any academic level.

A leaflet on the resource can be accessed here:

The resource itself can be accessed here:

General Discussion / Glaciation in the Lake District
« on: November 29, 2014, 12:56:45 AM »
The Quaternary Research Association is holding its annual field meeting in the Lake District in May 2015. The theme is glaciation and landscape development. This might be of interest to some members. For further details, download the 'advance notice' poster from the following link:

General Discussion / Earth: Time Lapse View from Space
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:43:09 PM »
The following is a link to a time-lapse video shot from the International Space Station.

It's just five minutes' long, but the footage is great (even if the music isn't). If you have ever wondered what the aurora looks like from above, then now is your chance to find out. I think the video is also good for highlighting the impact of people on the planet; many of the night scenes show the bright lights of towns and cities to dramatic effect.


General Discussion / Canopy in the Clouds - new online resource
« on: January 23, 2011, 11:49:26 AM »
Some of you may be interested in the 'Canopy in the Clouds' online resource. It's about a tropical montane cloud forest and, as such, is a relatively specialist resource. Nevertheless, it represents a good example of virtual fieldwork, with plenty of interactive panoramas, videos and other learning materials. There are also loads of teaching plans, assessments etc. These are pitched at US schools and so might need some modification (I don't teach in schools so I cannot judge).

The Project Description from the site is as follows:

Canopy in the Clouds is designed to partner emerging professionals in science, photography, and cinematography to create the next generation of environmental outreach materials. The project seeks to:

1.Promote conservation through educational media delivered in an innovative and engaging manner.
2.Inspire young scientists by sharing our passion and excitement for carrying out science.
3.Engage people in the beauty, biodiversity, and importance of tropical montane cloud forests from the perspective of the forest canopy

The URL for the site is:

" 'Geography opens our eyes; a landscape is no longer a static feature, but a complex battleground of physical and human interactions.' (Tony Cassidy)'"

The above is the opening sentence in a UCAS personal statement I have in front of me. I think it is nice that this applicant is quoting a geography teacher rather than, say, Al Gore or Michael Palin.  :)

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