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Foulden Maar: Fossils or Food?

Foulden Maar: Fossils or Food?

This article explains the formation of Foulden Maar, the remains of an ancient lake formed by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. As layers of silica-rich mud built up over thousands of years, it provided perfect conditions for fossilising the remains of plants and animals that fell to the bottom of the lake. However, the silica also has commercial value. The article explores the perspectives of a range of stakeholders who have different opinions about the future of the maar. It prompts critical thinking and finishes with a call to social action.

Series: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

Learning area: English, Science

Curriculum level: 4

Category: Non-fiction

Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

In: Connected 2020 Level 4 – Feeling the Heat

Publication date: December 2020

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