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Pseudofossils: concretions and dendrites

This is an information sheet providing an introduction to different varieties of rocks and minerals that might be mistaken for fossils. It is also available as a two-page pdf file for download.

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Dermot Henry talks about how earthquakes occur, 2009

This is a video of Dermot Henry, a geologist at Museum Victoria, speaking about earthquakes and how they occur. The video was made in 2009.

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Rock layers under Parliament House, Canberra

Imagine if Australia's Parliament House was built on an ocean! Watch this clip to find out about the rock layers of Canberra's Capital Hill, some of which contain ancient rocks that formed deep on the ocean floor. Dr Paul Willis from Catalyst takes you on a brief tour of what he calls the 'fractured foundations' on which ...

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Some mountains are still growing!

Did you know that the mountains of New Zealand are still slowly growing higher and that Australia is gradually moving towards the equator? Discover how the forces constantly at work within the Earth's crust continue to bring change at the surface. Learn through models how rocks are bent and folded or sometimes crack and ...

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Plate tectonics and earth structure - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea introduces students to geology. They learn about the Earth's structure and theories of plate tectonics. Students are supported in making links between plate tectonics and geological features and events. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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'Cooking' carbon to make crude oil

Visit the rugged Arabian mountains to see the exposed remains of the bottom of the ancient Tethys ocean, the prehistoric algal soup that gave rise to today's massive oil fields of the Middle East. Hear how oil-source rock laid down in the Jurassic Period changed over millennia as the Earth's surface was re-shaped. Under ...

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Landslides along the Three Gorges Dam

The world's largest dam project is set to bring enormous benefits to the Chinese economy. But there's a potential side-effect of altering the natural system - the likelihood that more geological disasters such as landslides will occur in the area. Find out why in this clip from 2008.

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Fossils: stories in the rock

Come on a journey with young scientist Alex Jaeger as he tells us about fossils found along the Jurassic Coast in Victoria. Find out how the area's landscape and ecosystem have changed over time. Alex explains how fossils are formed and what they reveal about Australia's past in his 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools ...

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Patterns of El Nino and La Nina

Australia's rainfall is best described as 'unreliable'. Long periods of drought can quickly give way to extensive floods. This clip uses animations to help you understand how the El Nino and La Nina phenomena contribute to Australia's climate patterns.

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Soil types [no spoken instructions]

Build sandcastles from three different soil types: sand, loam and clay. Compare results when adding water or compacting soil. Explore soil properties of density and stickiness.

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Soil types [includes spoken instructions]

Build sandcastles from three different soil types: sand, loam and clay. Compare results when adding water or compacting soil. Explore soil properties of density and stickiness.

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Natural disasters

This is a teaching and learning resource containing teacher resources, student activities and worksheets on Earth science topics including natural disasters and geology. The teacher resources include five pages of links to Earth science related websites. The collection of student activities covers a range of topics and ...

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Earth's rocks

Discover the main rock types and how they are formed. Find out about the rock cycle and how the Earth is constantly re-forming rocks. Find out what you can learn about the history of a rock from looking at its crystal composition and patterns.

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Formation of ancient rock layers

Discover how our understanding of rocks has developed over time and the role played by mining. The way rocks are formed, and what they are composed of, tells us a lot about what has occurred on Earth in the past. Watch this clip to find out about the formation of ancient rock layers, and what we find inside very old rocks.

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Rock your world: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that contains an overview a unit of work on the three main rock types: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. It contains resources to assist planning and implementing a study of the different types of rocks; their composition and characteristics; how they form; and the rock cycle. Interactive and ...

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Rock Your World: student guide

This is a student guide that takes an in-depth look at sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks including rock composition and characteristics, how they form, the rock cycle, landforms and the geological changes over time. This resource contains different parts or chapters, each with information, images and diagrams, ...

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Rock your World: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials for exploring all aspects of rocks including types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic), landforms and shaping of the Earth, composition and minerals they contain, and the cycling of rocks. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive ...

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Earth

This learning object provides an introduction to the study of geology. Simple animations provide information about the inner structure of the Earth and the formation of tectonic plates; earthquakes; volcanoes and tsunamis. Each object includes a world map that shows diaster ‘hot spots’ where an a PDF document ‘The story ...

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The secret of Itsall Mine

Enter a mineshaft to explore rock layers and fossils. Use geological tools and instruments to find a lost fossil. Gather, analyse and date rock samples. Get passwords by solving geological puzzles.

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Earthquakes

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories: fault lines, causes and effects of earthquakes, and tectonic plates. The collection contains images of fault lines, several learning objects that investigate tectonic forces and plate movements, and a learning object in which students ...