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Earth Science education sheets

  • Introductory information to give a better understanding of the earth's processes
  • Practical activities
  • Challenging investigations
  • Data sets provided for analysis
Some equipment and adult supervision may be required for the practical work.



Education sheetSuitable for:Topic
 1Years 5–9Coal formation (PDF 2.3MB)
 2Years 10–12

Measuring gravity's pull (PDF 1.5MB)

 3Years 3–12Gold panning (PDF 816KB)
 4Years 5–9 Oil and gas formation (PDF 5.7MB)
 5Years 5–10Prospecting for magnetic minerals (PDF 1.4MB)
 6Years 6–10Mineral exploration (PDF 3.1MB)
 7Years 10–12 and 1st year UniversityThe half-life of Barium-137 (PDF 1.1MB)
 8Years 5–12Fossils investigation 1: Similarities of fossil body parts (PDF 1.5MB)
 9Years 5–12Fossils investigation 2: Similarities of fossil body parts (PDF 1.4MB)
10Years 5–12Fossils investigation 3: Similarities of fossil body parts (PDF 1.0MB)
11Years 5–12Fossils investigation 4: Similarities of fossil body parts (PDF 2.5MB)
12Years 5–12Fossils investigation 5: Similarities of fossil body parts (PDF 2.4MB)
13Years 6–12Fossils investigation 6: How can you tell the age of rocks using the fossils they contain (PDF 634KB)
14Years 7–12Volcanoes: investigation (PDF 2.9MB)
15Years 7–12Volcanoes: experiments and activities (PDF 1.9MB)
16Years 6–10Earthquake seismology activity 1: Understanding the Earth's shakes, rattles and rolls (PDF 2.6MB)
17Years 6–10Earthquake seismology activity 2: Where did that earthquake come from? (PDF 3.2MB)
18Years 6–10Cosmic impacts (PDF 3.8MB)
19Years 6–10Forensic geology investigation 1: Clues in rocks that tell when geologic events happened (PDF 954KB)
20Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 2: Making an animation flip book of geologic events (PDF 803KB)
21Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 3: Rocks gone missing or gaps in time (PDF 597KB)
22Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 4: Faults (PDF 612KB)
23Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 5: Intrusions and volcanoes (PDF 573KB)
24Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 6: Is it safe to live on these rocks? (PDF 931KB)
25Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 7: Sequencing rocks in order of formation (PDF 766KB)
26Years 9–12Forensic geology investigation 8: Overfolds (PDF 1.3MB)
27Years 11–12 and 1st year UniversitySeismic survey (PDF 1.6MB)
28Years 5–12Minerals of the Earth: Their chemistry, uses and formulae (PDF 405KB)
29Years 5–12Glossary of geological terms (PDF 417KB)
30Years 5–12Tsunamis, waves and water depth (PDF 1.5MB)
31Years 7–12How do waves shape coastlines? (PDF 595KB)

For more information, contact:

John Mignone
Community Education Officer
Phone: 0401 122 059
Email: John.Mignone@sa.gov.au