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Focus on Sedimentary Environments: The study of depositional processes and environments at scales from the landscape to the microscope
This page serves as an entrance to the short virtual field trips developed for the FILTER project, which "seeks to educate the tertiary education community in the use of digital images and related metadata for learning and teaching purposes". The field trips may be used individually or in combination as parts of learning resources for particular courses. Each virtual field trip is a 'one-stop trip', taking the reader to a single locality or a couple of related localities. Each field trip looks at six images of the sediments and sedimentary rocks on a range of scales, starting from the broad view, and zooming in progressively through more detailed views, down to microscope images. The images are the most important element, but complementary text and interactive quizzes are provided to help in understanding them. The resources concentrate on modern and ancient calcium carbonate-dominated depositional environments, particularly shallow marine to shoreline settings. The site also provides generic templates to be downloaded and used for constructing virtual field trips.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Case study
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Freely available for educational use. Commercial use requires permission of copyright owner.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-458
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • C - Life science:
        • Interdependence of organisms
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Roger J Suthren
Geology, Oxford Brookes University