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Earth and Environmental Science: activities, experiments and research

Download the Earth and Environmental Science Summer School Handbook (PDF 124 MB)Earth and Environmental Science Summer School Course Handbook, 2018 (PDF 124 MB)

This handbook was developed by John Mignone, the former Community Education Officer

Mineral identification and uses laboratory book

Mineral Identification book

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

The 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)


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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:

Resource Information Centre
Phone: +61 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au