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Earth Science education sheets
Drill Hole Geophysical Logging
Resources - Working for the Right Balance
Mineral Identification and Uses Laboratory Kit
Environmental Management for Field Personnel
Other Publications

Seismometers in Schools project

Seismometers have been installed in some South Australian schools as part of the Australian Seismometers in Schools project. The program has been set up to raise awareness of the geosciences, in particular seismology.

More about the Seisometers in Schools

Earth Science education sheets

Earth Science education sheets

The Earth Science education sheets contain introductory information, practical activities and challenging investigations designed to give a better understanding of the Earth's processes. The activities are graded for particular year levels, ranging from year 3 up to 1st year at University.

Each sheet, including a glossary of geological terms, is available for download.

Earth science education sheets

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Drill hole geophysical logging

Example of pages from Drill Hole Geophysical Logging manual   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

Download the manual
Drill Hole Geophysical Logging (.pdf 14.4Mb)


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Mineral identification and uses laboratory kit

photograph of the mineral identification kit

The Mineral identification Lab Kit is temporarily out of stock (but orders may still be placed awaiting delivery - see below)

This kit is designed to help students in years 4 to 10 learn more about their planet by being able to identify minerals and their 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 a cost for postage and handling from Customer Services
Phone: +61 8 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au

Free download
Download the lab book (.pdf 7.6Mb) can be downloaded free of charge (this does not include the mineral specimens and testing gear).

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Resources - Working for the right balance

A multimedia educational kit designed for students from 8 to 15 years of age. The kit was developed by DMITRE with additional input from a team of educators and industry representatives.

Topics covered include:

  • Importance of minerals
  • Environmental management in the resources industry
  • Using resources from the earth
  • Groundwater
  • Employment and careers
  • Energy
  • Finding the right balance

The eight topics, are treated in each medium but have a different approach in each, so as to bring out new facets of learning processes each time.

Multimedia components of the kit include:

  • a highly interactive CDrom that can be used as an electronic blackboard for teacher-directed instruction or for student-centred individual progression style learning
  • an eight topic video that can be used to introduce each topic by bringing the outside world into the classroom or as summary at the end of studying a topic
  • a 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.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • PC 486 16bit colour 8Mb free RAM
  • Mac OS7, 16 bit colour and 5 Mb free RAM

The first copy of this kit is free to South Australian schools. Additional copies and copies for other schools and organisations can be purchased for $90.00 plus a cost for postage and handling from Customer Services.
Phone: +61 8 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au

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The following videos are available from this website

  • Careers
  • Energy
  • Environmental management in the resources industry
  • Exploration mining and processing 
  • Finding the right balance
  • Groundwater
  • The importance of minerals
  • Using resources from the earth

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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

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Other publications

Numerous 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 and Information page of this website and the Resource Information Centre.

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