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Seismic Imaging

Year Level(s) Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Geography Science SOSE Physics Earth & Environmental Science
Resource Type Media Video
Publish Date 10th Oct 2012

This resource is a 3-minute animated clip which combines images, diagrams, graphics and voice-over to explain what is meant by the mineral exploration method called seismic imaging or reflection seismology. It describes how scientists use technology to measure acoustic energy waves in the Earth to locate mineral, hydrocarbon and hot-rock resource deposits.

A short animation about seismic imaging can be found on our YouTube channel, by clicking here.

Educational Value Statement

  • Explains what is meant by seismic imaging.
  • Explains how seismic imaging is used in coal, oil, gas and geothermal exploration.
  • Describes the composition of the Earth’s crust.
  • Explains how technology measures acoustic energy waves in the Earth.
  • Describes the two measures scientists use to produce sound waves.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Students understand what is meant by seismic imaging or reflection seismology.
  • Students understand the role of seismic imaging in mineral exploration.
  • Students learn about the composition of the Earth’s crust.
  • Students learn that different rocks and minerals have different physical properties.
  • Students identify the technology and methods used in seismic imaging.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and Space Sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour

Australian Curriculum content statements

Science: ACSSU074, ACSSU153, ACSHE226, ACSHE136

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