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POSTED 01/07/2021 - 23:06
Trinity College Dublin collection available as an OER

We're making another university teaching collection into an Open Educational resource. Here it is. Many thanks to Balz Kamber, Emma Tomlinson and Ian…

Mountain photograph on cover of OU S339 textbook, Mountain building
POSTED 01/07/2021 - 23:26
A new teaching collection from the Open University

We’ve added 21 new virtual thin sections from an Open University teaching collection. Thanks to Professor Nigel Harris, chair of the Open University level 3 module ‘…

Watercolour of Darwin's sip, The Beagle, in Tierra del Fuego
POSTED 01/07/2021 - 23:39
A New Old Collection - Darwin's Rocks

We've finally managed to transfer a collection of 28 rocks from the old virtual microscope site to this new collections site. This collection is a set of rocks collected from around the world by…

Mice statue at the Royal Cornish Museum
POSTED 01/07/2021 - 23:45
The new collection - Cabinet of Curiosities

The latest collection we've posted isn't a new series of rocks, its a collection of objects that Andy has come across in his travels collecting the rock samples. There's no rhyme or reason for it - they're just…

Andy Tindle in the Virtual Microscope Lab
POSTED 01/07/2021 - 23:48
Find out more about the UKVM project on YouTube


We've completed the JISC funded United Kingdom Virtual Microscope project although we've still got quite a few more rocks to add to the collection. As part of the project we've put over 100 virtual rocks on-line as thin sections, many…

Buzz Aldrin with Moon Lander on surface of the Moon
POSTED 01/07/2021 - 23:59
A New Collection - Moon Rocks

We've just completed our second public collection, 28 rocks from the Moon, collected by astronauts during NASA missions Apollo 11 to Apollo 17. They're now available…

Composite screenshot of the original virtual microscope website home page
POSTED 01/08/2021 - 00:25
Welcome to the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences

We're opening the new system with the UKVM collection, which initially includes 60 rocks and thin sections from around the United Kingdom. We've selected a range of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, but if your favourite isn't here don'…

Screenshot of OpenScience Laboratory website Home page
POSTED 01/08/2021 - 00:05
Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory

The Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences will now be linked to the Wolfson-funded OpenScience Laboratory at The Open University. In partnership with the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open…