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Uranium Mines in SA Map

Year Level(s) Years 7-10
Topic(s) Energy Mining Uranium Underground Mining
Resource Type Media Video Short Movie

South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.

This interactive is a map of Australia including a simple legend and information about three South Australian uranium mines. South Australia is emphasised on the map in a different colour and three locations are marked: Olympic Dam, Beverly and Honeymoon. Scrolling over each of these locations causes an illustration and text box to appear, providing information about the mine and uranium deposit.

Educational value statement

  • Identifies the location of three South Australian uranium mines: Olympic Dam Mine, Beverly Mine, and Honeymoon Mine which is still awaiting approval before mining can begin.
  • Provides information about three uranium mines including the dates the uranium deposits were discovered; the depth of the deposits; the mining methods used; and tonnage of uranium produced each year.
  • Highlights the size and significance of these mines in terms of known uranium resources in Australia and the world.
  • Illustrates the remote and barren South Australian landscape in which these mines are located.

Key learning objectives

  • Students gather information about the history and production of three large uranium mines.
  • Students identify the size and scale of South Australia’s uranium deposits and their contribution to the production of uranium in Australia and the world.
  • Students identify South Australia as the location of a large proportion of the world’s known uranium resources.

Strands
Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences

Australian Curriculum content statements (explicit)
Science: ACSSU153

Australian Curriculum content statements (implicit or able to be connected)
Science: ACSSU116; ACSHE121; ACSHE120; ACSHE136



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