Open Day at Geoscience Australia celebrating the Australian Science Festival

19 August 2003

Become a fossil, find a diamond and learn about the air we breathe at Geoscience Australia's Open Day.

Geoscience Australia will be opening its doors to the public on Sunday 24 August from 10am to 4pm, to celebrate the Australian Science Festival 2003. The role and work of the organisation will be on show to the community throughout the day.

Science stories will include a step by step guide on how to immortalise yourself and become a fossil. Examine the process from death through to preservation and discovery. Learn where to become a good quality fossil specimen in areas such as caves, lagoons and peatbogs.

Find out about the history of diamonds from Geoscience Australia scientist and world expert, Dr Lynton Jaques. Discover the features of diamonds, where diamonds come from and how to "date a diamond".

What do we know about the air we breathe? Geosequestration is an important environmental issue. Is too much carbon dioxide a bad thing? How can we capture and bury this gas underground?

The Fossil Story starts at 11.30am, Discovering Diamonds at 1.00pm and Learn About the Air We Breathe and Geosequestration at 2.00pm.

Other Open Day activities include children's activities and competitions, science demonstrations and displays, regular volcanic eruptions, gold panning and rock identification.

Building Tours of the award winning, purpose-built, scientific facility will run every half hour from 10.30am. Special Geothermal and Rock Store tours will run on the hour from 11am.

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