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Colleagues at Leeds University have been using 20 virtual microscope thin sections for undergraduate teaching for several years but they’ve now allowed us to make them open to everyone on the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences site. It’s a great collection including rocks you won’t find elsewhere in our collections.

The 20 samples range across igneous,...

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.