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Pumice from Antarctic volcanoes and Sydney beaches

February 19, 2014

Lynne McNairn
Over summer the beaches of Sydney have seen the arrival of a 'pumice raft'. The high tide line has been marked by a distinctive row of small light weight rocks which floated in on the tide. The phenomenon caused much comment amongst beach goers and gave children an exciting new material for their sandcastles.

Old objects new ideas: volcanoes and climate change

February 1, 2011

Erika Taylor
This inconspicuous lump of rock is actually a piece of lava from Mt. Vesuvius, Italy. It is one of the Museum’s earliest collected objects, having been purchased in 1886 in New York. It was probably no more that a curiosity back then, yet it has been incredibly valuable for us to use in discussing contemporary issues.