In this interactive, the steps involved in mineral
exploration including geophysical and geochemical are
explored. A cross-sectional view of a landscape, above and
below ground, is provided and there are labels identifying
various mineral and energy resources below the surface.
Exploration processes, such as satellite image analysis by a
geophysicist, must be moved into the image in the correct
order, while estimated costs and times are indicated on
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acknowledged for their considerable assistance in the
development of this product.
Geoimage is also acknowledged for the supply of the remote
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- Provides a synopsis of the steps involved in undertaking
mineral exploration in the environment including identifying
some of the community, legal and environmental requirements.
- Different types of scientists involved in the exploration
process, such as geologists and geophysicists are identified;
as well as landholders, indigenous representatives and other
- A range of mineral deposits and energy reserves, such as
gas and oil deposits, coal seam gas, and geothermal energy
are labelled in the image.
- The process of mineral exploration is complex, involving
many different organisations and professions, and can take
many years and significant funds.
Key learning objectives
- Students identify a range of minerals and energy reserves
that exist below the Earth’s surface.
- Students assess the role of a range of scientists in the
exploration of potential mineral and energy resources.
- Students evaluate a variety of steps in the exploration
process and select them in the correct order.
- Students review the time taken and costs associated with
each step and at the completion of the exploration.
Science as a Human Endeavour: Nature and development of
science/ Use and influence of science.