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Earth Science Education Sheets

  • Introductory information, practical activities and challenging investigations designed to give users a better understanding of the earth's processes
  • Activities graded for particular year levels, from year 3 up to first year at university
  • Includes a glossary of geological terms
  • Free download

Drill hole geophysical logging

Drill Hole Geophysical Logging explains the use of geophysical probes to record rock characteristics at regular intervals along the depth of a drill hole. The manual:

  • discusses types of probes, how they work and their uses
  • includes practice problems and case studies

Example of pages from Drill Hole Geophysical Logging manual

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Mineral identification and uses laboratory kit

Mineral Identification book

This kit is designed to help students in years for to ten to learn more about their planet and being able to identify minerals and there uses.

The laboratory kit contains:

  • 12 mineral specimens
  • Mineral testing gear

The revised second edition of the Mineral identification and Uses Lab book includes:

  • information on how to identify mineral samples and mineral identification chart
  • information on mineral uses and products
  • a South Australian Mineral Resources Map
  • mineral identification sheet that can be copied for student use within the classroom.

Ordering information

Copies can be purchased for $55.00 (including GST) plus cost for postage and handling.

Free download

Mineral identification and Uses Lab Book (PDF 12.4 MB) can be downloaded free of charge (this does not include the mineral specimens and resting gear).


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Resources - Working for the right balance

A multimedia educational kit designed for students from eight to 15 years of age. The kit has been developed by the department with input from a team of educators and industry representatives.

Topics covered include:

  1. Importance of minerals
  2. Environmental management in the resources industry
  3. Using earth resources
  4. Groundwater
  5. Employment and careers
  6. Energy
  7. Finding the right balance
  8. Exploration, mining and processing

The eight topics are presented in a range of mediums within the comprehensive kit. A different approach is utilised in each, so as to bring out new facets of learning processes each time.

Multimedia components of the kit include:

  • Highly interactive CDrom that can be used as an electronic blackboard for teacher-directed instruction or for student-centred individual progression style learning, (This CDrom has been awarded the prestigious Serif Award)
  • Eight topic video that can be used to introduce each topic by bringing the outside world into the classroom or as a summary at the end of studying a topic
  • Teacher's Guide with overhead projector (OHP) masters and teacher background reading information and Student Worksheets Book with student worksheets for photocopying, experiments and role play games

First copy of kit is free to South Australian schools. Additional copies for other schools and organisations can be purchased for $55.00 plus a cost for postage and handling.

Environmental management for field personnel

  • Interactive instructional resource
  • Focusing on best practices for people working in field situations
  • Topics include setting up base camps and the planning and rehabilitation of seismic tracks and drilling sites
  • Includes a game where the student applies the knowledge acquired

This CD is a free publication and a copy can be obtained from the Resource Information Centre.

Geological timescale

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The Geological Timescale presents a time line spanning the entire history of the earth to which geological and evolutionary events can be tied.

The quantity of time elapsed since the formation of the earth is near-unimaginable.

The earth is believed to be 4.56 billion years old. Relationships between rock units, terranes and continents as well as the evolution of life have unifying reference – the Geological Timescale.

The Geological Timescale starts at 3.8 billion years ago and continues to the present.


Download the Geological Timescale

The Geological timescale (PDF 7.1 MB) is available for download. It can be printed, cut-out and kept as a personal reference for school, home or office.

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Other publications

Other publications, booklets, information sheets, maps, geological trails (including the Coorong, Flinders Ranges National Park, Hallet Cove, Kangaroo Island, McLaren Vale, Maslin Bay and Port Willunga, and Victor Harbor) and geological field guides are available on a range of topics from the Publications page of this website and the Resource Information Centre.

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For more information, contact:

John Mignone
Community Education Officer
Phone: 0401 122 059
John.Mignone@sa.gov.au
Resource Information Centre
Phone: +61 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au