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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  

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.

Fractal Animations:  
BEWARE - you are entering a world from which you may not emerge for a long, long, time .......... 

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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.

Skymaps - Download the current map of the Southern Hemisphere night sky.  We suggest you print the current map to A3 size to be readable. Print as poster on 2 A4s, cut and join.  If you can laminate, even better.  Also get some red cellophane to put over your torch, and rubber bands to secure it.   When you are camping, you can use this chart to look at the night sky and identify stars and constellations.  By using torch with re cellophane you will not destroy your night vision.
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