Find out how scientists find 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. Teacher’s notes are included.
Queensland Resources Council acknowledges the assistance provided by Geological Survey Queensland (DEEDI) in the provision of material for this presentation.
Educational value statement
- Explains why mineral exploration has become more difficult as demand increases
- Includes satellite imagery, aerial magnetic and gravitational surveys, land-based surveys by geologists, drilling, data analysis, environmental and economic studies.
- Teaching notes contain background information
- Can be downloaded as a PPT file.
Key learning objectives
- Students recognise that rocks contain minerals and that ores provide valuable resources. Students describe the techniques used in mineral exploration and the issues involved in decisions about mine development.
- Students describe how scientists make predictions based on patterns and relationships and test them by gathering data
- Students outline how science and technology can affect people’s lives and recognise related career opportunities.
Australian Curriculum content statements
- Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences
- Science as a Human Endeavour; Nature and development of science; Use and influence of science.