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Just before Christmas, some 30 school kids from Ian and Elena's science classes descended on SOC for an afternoon of getting to grips with the rock cycle. The specially designed workshop was based around the geological wonders of the Canary Islands - a place that's familiar as a holiday destination to many of us, and an excellent place demonstrate how the rock cycle works!

The workshop kicked off with an introduction to the islands, how they formed and how they are continually evolving as a result of different active geological processes. Following this, the students were let loose on a number of hands-on activities highlighting the different stages of the rock cycle, guided by a team of scientists and postgraduate researchers. From the lavas of the Canary Islands volcanoes, to grains of sand from the beaches and down to the mud in the deep sea, the students got a different perspective on how the rock cycle operates. They also got a chance to see some of the technology we use to look at the deep seafloor, and what the data looks like including a computer-generated 3D fly-through around the Canary Islands.

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