In 2012 the IGA Council identified a very good A1 poster, showing the Geological Periods and Epochs, juxtaposed with their life forms, the major index fossils of the time, and the then current continental positions. This poster was half in German and half in English and did not have the new nomenclature for the Periods and Epochs. The IGA Council decided to seek funding for the editing and printing of a revised version of this poster and for its distribution to all the secondary schools in Ireland, along with a booklet on basic Irish geology (see below), plus extra rock sets for schools that don’t yet have them.
Dr Ian Sanders of TCD has published an excellent booklet to help geography teachers explain the basic principles of Geology to their students.
In conjunction with this booklet, Dr. Sanders has rock sets of six common Irish rocks on offer to geography teachers. He can be contacted at – ISANDERS@tcd.ie.
Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson, Curator of Trinity’s Geology Museum, along with Dr Matthew Parkes of the National Museum, and with assistance from the Ulster Museum, have together set up a website to assist teachers of geography / geology in Ireland: www.geoschol.com
Geoschol.com offers a number of very informative wall posters, such as:
“HOW TALL ARE YOU? Travel through Ireland’s geological past as you Grow”
“PLANET EARTH – The Rock Cycle”
“WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?”
“BUILDING STONES OF IRELAND”
An activity booklet Discovering Ireland’s Rocks and Fossils is also available, as are explanatory full colour leaflets on the geology of each Irish county.
There are also links to other booklets and resources and a comprehensive list of online geological links.
Visit their excellent website and see all that’s on offer. Patrick Wyse Jackson can be contacted email@example.com, should you want to organise a visit to TCD’s excellent Geological Museum to view their lovely collection of fossils, rocks and minerals.
Further information about geology for schools in Ireland can be found at GEOSCHOL where a wealth of posters, maps, activites and other downloads can be found.