On site science – FRANCE

In May, our science students visited  the diatonic quarry located in Saint Bauzile, Ardèche. This site is exceptional, since only two quarries of this type exist in Europe.

The geologist in charge showed our students the operating of the quarry, the environmental issues, as well as the jobs connected to this field.

Diatoms are very small, unicellular, photosynthetic organisms.Diatomites form by the accumulation of numerous diatom skeletons in lake or marine settings. They can enclose the remains of ten thousand-year-old vegetal or animal lives. Students and teachers used picks in order to look for traces of these remains…and they were successful.

On the picture above, the remains of an oak leaf.

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