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CAVES

How Caves Form

Cave Formations - Diagrams and fantastic photos by Dave Bunnell from Caves around the world.

American Cave Conservation Association- An excellent site with details of different cave formations, ecology, and school experiments.

Activities for kids - Shortcut to activities page on ACCA site.

Bats

Bats - thermal imaging done in Wee Jasper  ABC news

Glossary of Speleological and Caving Terms

Canberra Speleological Society - CSS has a longstanding association with the caves of Wee Jasper. Worth contacting if you live in the Canberra area and are interested in wild caving.
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ROCKS AND CRYSTALS

Geological Sites of NSW
- Wonderful new site (2013) by Cartoscope Maps of geologically significant places in NSW.  Still under construction but well worth a look.

My Jewellery Box - Guide to Rocks, Diamonds and Minerals.  US site with a lot of good links to hands-on projects for children. Recommended to me by Stephanie Bushfield's kids.

Rock Collecting: A wealth of information and good explanations.  Recommended by Amy Ashford's students at Kingsford.

Casoro
-  US site with information on rocks, crystal and geology.  Recommended  by Brooke Krueger and her Junior Scouts.

Mineralogy Resource Guide for Kids  -  Great information on the Minerals link, with simple layout of information and terrific images.  
So good it's not just for kids!

Common  Minerals and Their Uses -  Excellent information on the 40 most common minerals we employ in our daily lives.

What is a Crystal? - Simple explanations and fun projects about Crystals.

Mineralogy Database - Extensive information about Minerals - Some is quite technical and some is simple. Check out the interactive 3D images in Crystallography

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FRACTALS:  BUILDING BLOCKS OF NATURE  BEWARE - you are entering a world from which you may not emerge for a long, long, time ..........

Fractal Foundation: Basic crystals and certain forms in caves can be viewed as fractals. A fractal is a never-ending pattern that repeats itself across different scales. This comprehensive website has explanations and terrific activities for education.  

Fractal Forum:  Some images showing the fractal nature of some crystalline growth.

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OTHER RELATED LINKS

BBC NEWS Science & Technology - Not about caves but a great series of animated explanations of formation process of natural phenomena such as earthquakes, tornadoes etc.

Periodic table - Scientific American webpage with interesting interactive information about elements.

National Dinosaur Museum- An excellent site with details about the Museum and its many activities.

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