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Oxford Earth Sciences Image Store

The Image Store is a collection of digitized photographs of rocks and geological features for use in teaching. At present we have the following collections appropriate for use by schools:

  • Rocks of NW Scotland
    Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks from an area of classic geology, seen in panoramic view, outcrop, hand specimen and under the microscope
  • Rocks in hand specimen
    A representative set of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks from Oxford's teaching collections
  • Rocks in the Field
    A set of photographs of common rock types and geological features as you would see them in the landscape or in outcrop
  • Rocks under the Microscope
    A variety of rocks photographed in thin section - very thin slices at high magnification

This site also holds image sets suitable for university undergraduate use: go to the Teaching page to see what's publicly accessible.
Many of these are searchable slide shows (using jAlbum web photo gallery software). See the following for useful examples:

Photographic images on this site are copyright University of Oxford (except where explicitly stated). They may be used without charge for bona fide educational purposes. This site is maintained by Dave Waters.

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