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Each Autumn we see the numbers of people using the Virtual Microscope for Earth science increase, marking the beginning of a new year of petrology teaching.

So if you’re new to the virtual microscope, welcome. You might be wondering how it works, how we make the virtual thin sections, or how to quickly find the mineral or texture?

So the thin sections don’t...

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.