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Careers

Careers 
Duration 30 minutes

The mining and energy scene in Australia provides varied job and career pathways ranging from high tech engineering and geosciences to environmental management experts, drilling operators, explosives setters and haulage truck drivers.

The resources industry has a knock-on employment and economic effect which feeds the national economy through the goods and services it needs to function.

This video encourages people to consider careers in the mining and energy resource industry, with many examples of careers shown through the on-site job interviews.

Energy

Energy 
Duration 12 minutes

The question 'What is energy?' is investigated, along with 'Why do we need so much of it in our daily lives?'

The video approaches these concepts with examples of human body energy and then delves into the concepts of energy transformation in its various forms.

The big question of the sustainability of humanity's present and future energy needs is also investigated.

Environmental Management in the Resources Industry

Environmental Management in the Resources Industry
Duration 18 minutes

The video explains what the 'environment' is. The increasing human population on our planet is putting more pressure on its ability to recover from disturbances of air, water and land. So how can humans 'have their cake and eat it at the same time'?

As we learn more about the effects of disturbing the natural environment and its rate of recovery, we need to develop ways of assisting the earth's recovery processes by managing and minimising disturbances.

Exploration Mining and Processing

Exploration Mining and Processing
Duration 18 minutes

Geoscientists reveal the technologies they use to 'see through' several kilometres of the earth's rocks to discover gold, petroleum, diamonds and less exotic but very useful resources such as copper, coal and salt.

Engineers and metallurgists then explain how they get to these resources, which may be several thousand meters underground, and the use of rock crushers and chemical processes to separate out as little as 1 gram of gold from 1000 kilos of rock.

Finding The Right Balance

Finding The Right Balance
Duration 17 minutes

The population of the earth is increasing and all these people need food, housing, transport, communication technology and infrastructure, and goods and services at an ever increasing rate.

The challenge we and future generations face is how can the earth's resources meed this demand, and how can we manage the use of resources to avoid deleterious impacts on the air, water, land, plants and animals?

The answer is not as simple as 'we go back to living in caves' - just as humans have made huge advances in science and technology to date we can also manage resource use and sustain our environment.

Groundwater

Groundwater
Duration 11 minutes

A plentiful supply of water can be found underground, even in desert areas. This is known as groundwater.

This video explains how water gets to these underground places, and how it can be extracted and used for farming, industry and household needs.

Groundwater is part of the earth's water cycle and is not an unlimited resource - if it is used faster than it can be naturally replaced we need to find ways to preserve groundwater, including by capping water bores with control valves, making sure surface water feeding aquifers is not polluted by waste, and artificially recharging aquifers.

The Importance of Minerals

The Importance of Minerals
Duration 10 minutes

Think about how many things we use that are made from minerals - your bed, the toaster, cars, refrigerators and houses all have many mineral and petroleum based raw materials in them. Raw materials from the earth are needed to manufacture cars, mobile phones, televisions - all useful things our society uses on a daily basis.

Using Resources From The Earth

Using Resources From The Earth
Duration 20 minutes

Humans have the ability to make tools and machines which extend our ability to do work - and earth materials are needed to make this technology possible.

This video tracks the technological advances made by humans from stone age to space age, illustrated with scenes and examples of the various stages.