Uses of Mineral Sands PowerPoint


Geology / Mineral Formation

Type of Resource


Year Level

Years 7-10





Energy & Renewables

Resources for

Students & Teachers

Australian Curriculum Content Statements


Find out what minerals can be found in beach sands and why they are important to us. This is a PowerPoint presentation about sand minerals and the products derived from them. It deals with the origin and deposition of the mineral deposits, the properties of the minerals zircon, rutile and ilmenite and their uses as well as those of the metals titanium and zirconium. Most slides include relevant images. A glossary is included.

Educational value statement

  • Contains detailed information on the mineralogy and chemical properties of zircon, rutile and ilmenite.
  • Includes maps showing global production of heavy sand minerals
  • Can be downloaded as a PPT file.

Key learning objectives

  • Students describe how mineral sand deposits form.
  • Students discuss the non-renewable nature of mineral sands
  • Students describe how products from sand minerals contribute to people‚Äôs lives.
  • Students describe the properties and uses of the minerals zircon, rutile and ilmenite.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science.