By Susan Tejada, Steve Seymour, Ed French

Do you know that the total international lies at your toes? fairly! Rocks and minerals are like little home windows at the internal workings of Planet Earth. you simply need to comprehend the place to discover them and what you're looking at. that is the place Dig It! is available in. choked with arms on actions and enjoyable proof, it will train you the fundamentals of rocks and minerals and the way they make a distinction in precisely approximately all the things of your lifestyles. you will additionally locate pointers on discovering and development a rock selection of your own, and magazine pages for preserving a checklist of your unearths. no matter if you're sticking as regards to domestic or are wandering farther afield, you will discover lots of cool rocks and minerals with a little bit attempt. we've got even given you a starter assortment. So what are you awaiting? seize Dig It! and begin digging!

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What You’ll Need Clay that air-dries A shell or leaf Paintbrush Brown shoe polish Acrylic spray What to Do 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Press a piece of clay until it’s flat. Press the shell or leaf into the clay, then remove it. ) The imprint you make is like a mold of a fossil. Let your “fossil” dry. Brush it with brown shoe polish. When the shoe polish dries, spray your fossil with clear acrylic for a protective finish. 37 As Old As the Hills Fossils tell us about early life on Earth. They also tell us about the Earth itself.

These help scientists figure out the age of similar rock layers far away. geology: The study of Earth. A person who studies geology is a geologist. habit: The shape of a crystal or a group of crystals. igneous rocks: Rocks that form when lava or magma cools and hardens. inner core: The solid metal center of Earth. lava: Magma that has broken through (erupted) onto Earth’s surface. magma: Hot liquid rock that is located beneath Earth’s surface. magnet: An object that attracts iron-bearing objects.

Press Time Some fossils formed when living things left an imprint in ancient mud. You can see how it works for yourself. What You’ll Need Clay that air-dries A shell or leaf Paintbrush Brown shoe polish Acrylic spray What to Do 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Press a piece of clay until it’s flat. Press the shell or leaf into the clay, then remove it. ) The imprint you make is like a mold of a fossil. Let your “fossil” dry. Brush it with brown shoe polish. When the shoe polish dries, spray your fossil with clear acrylic for a protective finish.

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