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A Fizzy Rock

A Fizzy Rock

Exploring limestone’s geology, biology, chemistry and uses.

Limestone is the rock that fizzes with acid. It has a biogeochemical origin, a rich agricultural history and is literally ‘fizzing’ with uses and applications.

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Finding your way around

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  • The collections contain groups of related resources about A Fizzy Rock.
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  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Calcium carbonate biomineralisation

    Biomineralisation refers to the processes by which living things form minerals. For example, calcium carbonate biomineralisation is used extensively by marine invertebrates to build structures that...

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    Exploring for cold-seep sites

    In 2006, NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa explored for cold-seep sites on New Zealand’s Hikurangi margin. There was some historical evidence for their presence, but this needed to be...

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    Carbonates in and on the ear

    Calcium carbonate crystals present in the inner ear play a key role in our sense of balance and movement. Pearl, a calcium carbonate gemstone, is often used to adorn the body. 

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    Limestone in thin section

    Thin section of limestone as seen under the microscope.

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Limestone: secrets revealed

In this interactive, learn about limestone’s origins, formation, properties and uses...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to A Fizzy...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about A Fizzy Rock, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in A Fizzy Rock. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring A Fizzy...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. Limestone is a sedimentary rock that has been utilised by humankind for thousands of years. This timelines traces the history of limestone...

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about A Fizzy Rock...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring A Fizzy Rock – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images and video clips that relate to A Fizzy Rock.

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