A Free Earth Science Video Resource for Educators!

A Free Earth Science Video Resource for Educators!

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    Pilot Episode: The Three Types of Rocks

    Geologist Devin Dennie heads to the kitchen to demonstrate the differences between the three types of rocks.

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    01. What is a Mineral?

    Episode 1 introduces mineral properties using common fruit and vegetables as analogies for these five descriptive criteria. The video also demonstrates the orderly crystalline structure of halite (NaCl) using a model made of food (marshmallows and grapes).

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    02. Mineral Properties

    Episode 2 expands on the mineral concept by discussing the characteristics of minerals used in mineral identification. Fruit are again used to describe these elementary criteria and relate to the discussion on how minerals are categorized.

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    03. Clastic Sedimentary Rocks

    Episode 3 gives a brief description of the sedimentary rock cycle from weathering and erosion, to sediment transport, to deposition in a basement and final burial and compaction.

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    04. Metamorphism

    This episode explores the concepts of regional versus contact metamorphism. Heat and pressure are discussed and their roles in changing various rock types into metamorphic rock varieties.

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    05. Chemical & Biological Sedimentary Rocks

    Chemical and biological sedimentary rocks are discussed in this video. Carbonates, including limestones and dolomites are discussed, and cave stalactites are made.

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    06. Weathering

    Weathering concepts are visualized for both physical and chemical weathering processes. Freeze-thaw cycles and water action are discussed using kitchen experiments, as well as wind abrasion.

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    07. Mineral Formation

    Mineral formation through hydrothermal and magmatic processes is discussed using cotton candy machine as a visualization experiment.

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    08. Layers of the Earth

    Devin whips up a model of the layers of the earth using ingredients from the kitchen.

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    09. Plate Tectonics

    This episode discusses the scientific theory of plate tectonics, in which the Earth's crust is subdivided into a series of large and small tectonic plates.

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    10. Volcanoes

    This episode demonstrates how the release of gas is an importance factor in the violence of a volcanic eruption through the classic baking soda-vinegar volcano, and a more modern analog with diet soft drinks.

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    11. Igneous Rocks

    Igneous rocks are rocks derived from the cooling of magma, molten material originating from the upper Mantle/lower crust. Igneous rocks are classified by their texture and their composition.

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    12. Oil in the Kitchen

    This episode introduces the concept of hydrocarbons (oil). A simulation of an oil reservoir is performed using peanuts and concepts of oil/water interaction are discussed.

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    13. Feldsparty

    Feldspars are the second most common group of minerals on Earth. The are important contributors to soils as they weather relatively easily to form clays.

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    14. Mineral Formation Methods

    Devin takes a look at a few of the methods of mineral formation

Programs and Practices

Programs and Practices

Educators are encouraged to publicly screen the episodes to their class as a part of their educational program. This series was created as a visual aid to inspire educators on writing lessons or experiments for their students. The videos are free and are available online, DVD, or downloaded from iTunes.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Our free online resources cover important concepts such as metamorphism, plate tectonics, weathering, and more! Dr. Devin Dennie is the writer, producer and host of the Geology Kitchen.  He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in Geology & Geophysics and has worked on a variety of educational television, video and documentary projects.  For more information about Dr. Dennie please consult his official website. Our project was made possible by a grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation to produce the series.


This is fabulous! If I ever put my lectures online, I hope they’re half as good as this! Great work.
Mr. W


You’re my hero…thank you for helping my son learn these important concepts!
-Earth Science Major 🙂

Katie Sandlin

Great video! Thank you so much for making it!!! It definitely kept my attention and helped me learn and retain the material 😀

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