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20 new Martian meteorite thin sections are now available on this site. They come from a range of sources but we’ve brought them together in one place. They used to be known as the SNC class of meteorites, but it is generally accepted that these are rocks from the surface of the planet Mars. There are several different types, shergottites which appear to be from a basaltic...

Specially created and other learning materials to accompany the virtual microscope.

Explore Tools for online teaching

Learn about minerals and rocks under the microscope on the Open Educational Resources site OpenLearn, or download our ibook from Apple's itunes store.

The virtual microscope user guide is here.

The latest addition to our collection of geological specimens.