After the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to classroom and field teaching the geoscience community made a host of digital resources available online. We want to do our part by collating the most valuable of these to make them more accessible. If you come across anything you think should be included here, please forward it to TSG.

Field Trips & Digital Outcrops

Microscopy, Rocks & Minerals

  • ViP: A digital microscopy platform with sample datasets allowing full analysis in ppl and xpl by RWTH Aachen University
  • Zeiss Axio Scan & Zen lite: Similar platform by Zeiss (requires free registration)
  • ImageMatrix: Online microscopy platform with extensive sample collection (also available as download) by Macquarie University
  • Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences: Online microscopy platform with a range of terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks (incl. Darwin’s collection, Apollo samples, and meteorites)
  • Alex Strekeisen: Probably the most extensive library of petrographic micrographs and knowledge
  • Sketchfab Catalog: Huge collection of hand specimen 3D models (cite as

Lectures & Other Resources