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Quarrying at Iron Knob, c1930

This is a black-and-white photograph of about 1930 showing the mining of iron ore at Iron Knob, South Australia. The image captures the moment when a charge was fired to release ore from the rock face of a hill that had been previously worked. To the right of the explosion is a large mechanical shovel, and there is a light ...


Poppet head and storage bins at Wallaroo Mines, c1920

This is a black-and-white photograph from about 1920 showing the poppet head and ore storage bins at Taylor's Shaft at the Wallaroo copper mines on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. The poppet head is a tall tower-like steel structure with two platforms and a pulley wheel at the top. A tin shed is mounted on the structure ...


Fruitcake mining

This is an activity sheet providing instructions for a simulated mining experiment using pieces of fruitcake. Students use various tools to remove different fruits, each representing different minerals, from a piece of fruitcake which represents the mine site. They are then required to rehabilitate the 'mine site'. The ...


Copper processing

Find out how copper ore is extracted and turned into copper metal. This is a PowerPoint presentation showing the properties, uses and extraction of copper. It includes details of the mining and processing of copper ore, as well as smelting, converting and refining to produce copper metal. Most slides contain photographs ...


Mineral exploration

Find out how scientists discover and investigate new mineral deposits. This is a PowerPoint presentation introducing the scientists, techniques, procedures and issues involved in exploring for minerals, with particular emphasis on Queensland. Most slides include images, maps or graphs. Teachers' notes are included.


Uses of mineral sands

Find out what minerals can be found in beach sands and why they are important to us. This is a PowerPoint presentation about sand minerals and the products derived from them. It deals with the origin and deposition of the mineral deposits, the properties of the minerals zircon, rutile and ilmenite and their uses as well ...

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Copper processing

This interactive activity allows students to explore the processes involved in the mining and processing of copper ore and the production of copper. Students initially put the processes in the correct sequence and then select each stage to animate it and access relevant information. The smelting stage includes an activity ...