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Palaeotraveller Interactive

Year Level(s) Years 7-10 Years 11-12
Subject Area(s) Geography Science SOSE Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Environment Geology / Mineral Formation Rocks & Minerals

The Minerals Council of Australia is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.

In this learning object, users travel back in time and see how the Australian continent has changed. They can find out when glaciers were common on the Australian mainland, look at maps, landscapes, living things and environments over the last 545 million years, compare past temperatures and sea levels with those of today and explore which forces are changing the Earth’s surface. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational value statement

  • Models changes to the Earth’s surface over geological time and relates them to plate tectonics.
  • Includes numerous maps showing geological features of the Australian continent at geologically small time intervals (around 10 million years).
  • Contains illustrations and descriptions of environments and living things belonging to each geological period or era.
  • Enables students to compare time zones and record sea levels and temperatures.
  • Illustrates continental drift resulting from plate movements.
  • Contains detailed information about geological time, plate tectonics and ancient environments.
  • Includes a glossary and challenge questions.

Key learning objectives

  • Students explore changes in the Australian landmass, environments and living things over the last 545 million years.
  • Students compare climatic conditions and sea levels over geological time.
  • Students relate geological changes in the Earth’s surface to plate tectonics.
  • Students identify major periods in the geological time scale.


  • Studies of society and environment/Place and space
  • Studies of society and environment/Time, continuity and change
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
  • Science/The Earth and beyond
  • Science/Life and living

Australian Curriculum content statements (explicit)

Science: ACSSU180; ACSSU185

Australian Curriculum content statements (implicit or able to be connected)

Science: ACSSU189

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