Earth Science Week 2006


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(8-14 October)

International activities

The American Geological Institute (AGI) supports Earth Science Week 2006.

Free subscriptions

GeoSpectrum is a new quarterly online magazine covering the news and events from the American Geological Institute (AGI) and other international professional geoscience organisations. Free subscription.

National activities

National Geographic Channel Celebrates Earth Science Week 2006

Amy Prendergast, a Tsunami Geologist at Geoscience Australia, talks about the significance of her work and the reasons why she studied geoscience.

"Being a Tsunami Geologist is very 'hands-on' I often have to wade around in muddy estuaries for hours … but, she says, it's a wonderful way to indulge in her childhood fascination of playing around in the dirt!"

For more information and to download a FREE Earth Science Week poster, please visit the National Geographic Channel website.

CSIRO'S Double Helix Club's "Science by email"

Science by email is produced by CSIRO Education. The Australian Greenhouse Office and Mecu are proud partners of "Science by email".

Activities by State

ACT | NSW | SA | WA | TAS | VIC | QLD | NT

Australian Capital Territory

Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia is running two Earth Science Week competitions. Entries closed September 15.

Winners will be invited to attend a special prize giving ceremony during Earth Science Week.

Years K-6 art competition - "When I grow up I want to be a geoscientist"

Years 7-12 writing competition - "Discuss Sir Douglas Mawson's geoscientific contributions to Australia"

Stories in the Desert for pre-schoolers runs from Monday 9 to Friday 13 October at 10.30am in the Library at Geoscience Australia, corner of Jerrabomberra Avenue & Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT 2609.

"Stories in the desert for pre-schoolers" is written and presented by Marina Knight, Australian storyteller and writer. (Story-telling sessions are at NO COST and will be followed by simple craft activities).


Geoscience Australia is looking for some bright and keen young people who are about to start university. This pilot program for calendar year 2007 is aimed at Canberra residents who are looking to study at the Australian National University. We are looking for people who have done well in science and maths for their Year 12 Certificate and are about to apply for a place at University to do science.

Information about the Cadetship and how to apply.

Celebrating the Past in Art and Science

To celebrate Earth Science Week 2006, Geoscience Australia has invited Dr Liz Truswell to talk about her journey from Geoscience Australia as a Chief Research Scientist to the world of art.

When: 11:00am, Thursday 12 October at Geoscience Australia

"Liz Truswell in her own words" [PDF 64KB]

Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre main logo

Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

Awesome Earth-The Power and Beauty

Awesome Earth is a fun gallery with hands on exhibits about convection currents, weather prediction, seismometers, tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes and building and preparing for natural disasters. Experience the Earthquake House or Caged Lightning exhibits, explore lava samples or calculate the epicentre of an Australian earthquake. Content in the exhibition satisfies Key Learning Areas such as Science and Technology and Science and Studies of Society and Environment.

Questacon, Awesome Earth logo

When: Permanent exhibition, open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm. 
Where: Questacon building; King Edward Terrace, Canberra (between the High Court and National Library of Australia)
Phone: (02) 6270 2893 (Group bookings)

Earth Science Shows

Earth Quest - Outer Space to Inner Earth is an interactive exhibition that takes the visitor on a journey from the Milky Way through to Earth's inner core.

Geology based exhibits in Earth Quest include: astronomy, Earth's atmosphere, Earth's surface and Earth's sub-surface.

For more information, education materials and exhibit descriptions for Earth Quest please visit the Questacon website.

Australian National Botanical Gardens celebrates Earth Science Week 2006

Take a look at the water and bush plants education programs - suitable for children from Classes 3-12.

For more information, please visit Australian National Botanical Gardens website.

The Australian Academy of Science

Science books for children: The Australian Academy of Science has compiled an annotated list of select titles for children that have extra sections of inspiration to challenge and extend the reader. Books exploring the Earth Sciences cover a wide range of topics: from the composition of the Earth and how it was formed, to environmental issues and natural disasters that threaten our planet.

Interviews with Australian scientists: The Australian Academy of Science has interviewed some of Australia's greatest Earth scientists. The Scientists talk about their early lives, how they became interested in science, their research and other intriguing aspects of their lives. Transcripts and teachers notes are available on the Academy website. A great way to appreciate Australia's contribution to the earth sciences.

Run by: Australian Academy of Science
Phone: 02 6247 5777
Fax: 02 6257 4620

Gondwana Dreaming

Gondwana Dreaming celebrates Earth science with Fossil Digs. You can join scientists at the frontier of scientific discovery. Be the first to uncover a fossil that has been preserved in stone and buried for millions of years. A lot of fun and great hands-on learning, and no, you don't have to be a scientist to join!

Run by: Gondwana Dreaming Tours Australia
Phone: 02 6285 1872
Fax: 02 6285 3087

For more information visit the Gondwana Dreaming website.

Australian Reptile Centre

In the Australian Reptile Gallery exhibits take the visitor through the three dominant Australian habitat types - the northern tropics, the temperate south-east and west, and the arid interior - assisted by text, graphics and habitat colour coding. On display are a variety of Australia's largest, most colourful and deadliest reptiles including Taipans, Death Adders and other venomous snakes, and constrictors such as the Scrub Python of North Queensland - the longest Australian snake known and one of the largest in the world.

The Prehistory Gallery presents Reptiles in Space and Time, a journey through the evolution of life on earth to the Age of Reptiles when the ancestors of today's snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and Tuatara were the supreme vertebrates of the Mesozoic era. Today's 6000 surviving species are but a small proportion of those which have come before and left their traces in the fossil record.

Many fossils and fossil replicas are on exhibit illustrating the diversity of reptiles that once roamed the Earth.

Open: Daily 10am - 5pm (after hours by arrangement)

For more information visit the Australian Reptile Centre website

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National Museum of Australia

Rocks to Riches is a new exhibit which was opened on June 16 2006, it is a collaborative project between the National Museum of Australia and Geoscience Australia and is on display in the National Museum's National gallery.

For more information please see the National Museum's Events page

Mars, Saturn & Beyond

As part of NASA's Deep Space Network, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex provides continuous two-way radio contact with dozens of spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond.

Visitors can see and learn about the largest antenna dishes in the Southern Hemisphere and look through our space exhibition. The Visitor Centre features real space hardware including the spacesuit worn by Australian astronaut, Dr Andy Thomas. The exhibit also includes a 3.8 billion year old piece of Moon rock returned to Earth from the historic Apollo XI mission, and a full-scale model of the Mars Exploration Rovers which continue to explore the red planet.

Visitors can enjoy watching films in our theatre, see the latest images from Mars and Saturn, or just sit back and relax in the Moon Rock Caf? and gift shop.

Date and Time: Open everyday from 9am-5pm
Location: Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Address: Discovery Drive, Tourist Drive 5, Tidbinbilla ACT
Entry: Free!

New South Wales

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IMAX Theatre

Experience the thrill of the search and the wonder of discovery.

Using state-of-the-art live action 3D cinematography, Wild Safari 3D will take you on a journey of a lifetime through diverse South African game reserves on a quest to see the Big Five: the elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo.

Showcasing the most dangerous and spectacular animals on the continent, audiences will experience incredible face-to-face encounters with charging elephants, hungry lions and cunning leopards.

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From the abundant grasslands of Addo and Shamwari to the savannahs of the Kalahari, Tour Guide Liesl Eichenberger, a young South African zoologist and field guide, leads the game drive from an open jeep, taking us incredibly close to the wildlife and giving a fascinating insight into the different animals and their habitats.

Whether searching the open grasslands for buffalo or dodging a herd of stampeding elephants, Wild Safari 3D is a truly breathtaking experience. And with 15,000 watts of pure digital surround sound, each lion's roar will reverberate to your very core!

Deep Sea 3D

Sea life in a whole new way! Come up close in a 3D encounter with some of the underwater world's most exotic creatures and learn how different species rely on each other for survival.

Forces of Nature

The natural forces that helped create life on our green planet can also destroy it.


Antarctica takes viewers on an epic adventure to places unknown, seemingly unattainable and beyond imagination, allowing them to vividly experience what life is really like on the planet's largest, driest desert.

For more information please visit:

Geofest in Rocktober!

Geofest is on at the Australian Museum on October the 1st and will include:

  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Hands on activities; and
  • Self guided tours looking at Sydney's building stones.

Geological Survey of NSW celebrates Earth Science Week 2006

An Earth Science Week foyer display will be held during the week at the Minerals Resources Division, 516 High Street, Maitland, NSW 2320

For more information about the Geological Survey of NSW please visit

South Australia

  • South Australian Museum and the South Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (SAPAC)
  • Under the Earth and into Space

For more information see the Under the Earth and into Space Flyer [PDF 42KB]

SAPAC will be using the high-end computing power of the Visualisation Laboratory to explain the structure of the Earth to students.

Programs are available for students from years 5 to year 12. Places are limited so please contact the SA Museum on 08 8207 7429 for bookings.

Western Australia

Rocks to Rockets!

Visit Rocks to Rockets! at the CSIRO Laboratory Scitech, Sutherland Street, West Perth between 9 - 13 October from 3pm to 4pm.

For more information, contact Dr Claire Pannell on Tel: 02 9481-6295 or Fax: 02 9321-2869

Groundwater for Wallies on Friday 20 October

  • Details: This will be a fun, informative, hands-on day that is relevant to all science teachers and especially potential teachers of Earth & Environmental Science for 2007. You will be introduced to the concepts of Groundwater and then hear from Perth's local Guru about current issues facing Perth's groundwater. Then you'll be getting wet and dirty hands whilst learning how to measure water and groundwater properties. You will be engaged in activities that you can easily do with your students. Come along and connect with other great science and EES teachers and in the greatest classroom of all - the outdoors!

See the Groundwater for Wallies Flyer [PDF 158KB]

For more information, contact Earth Science Western Australia on Tel: 08 6436 8685

Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) celebrates Earth Science Week 2006

  • Art, Craft, Photographic Competitions
  • Lecture series to staff
  • Quiz night for staff
  • Contact: Jean Johnston Tel: 61 8 9222 3670

Publications and Information are available from GSWA, Mineral House, 100 Plain Street WA 6004

Mining Hall of Fame Mining Hall of Fame logo

The Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame offers tours 36 metres underground into an old gold mine. Learn about how the miners worked 100 years ago and experience what life might have been like for the men who worked underground. While there, take the opportunity to watch a gold pour demonstration and try your luck at finding gold.

Learn about Earth Sciences in the Exploration Zone, an area designed to teach kids about mining and geology. Visit the historic precinct or simply wander around the Hall of Fame at your leisure.

Address: Goldfields Hwy, Kalgoorlie
Phone: 08 90262700

Hastings Caves, TAS: Images supplied by Paul Flood


Have you ever thought of using a cave as a classroom?

Hastings Caves, Mole Creek Caves and Gunns Plains Caves are offering schools the opportunity to gain some hands-on monitoring experience in the caves with the use of some kitchen science experiments. We are offering a 2hr session which will involve approx 20min experiment session and then some monitoring of some of the environmental conditions outside and inside the caves. We will endeavour to extend the student's understanding of the relationship between above and below ground conditions.

Run by: Hastings Caves, Mole Creek Caves and Gunns Plains Caves.
Location: 'As above'
Contacts: Keith Vanderstaay at Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs (03) 62983209
               Paul Flood at Mole Creek Caves (03) 63635182
               Geoff Deer at Gunns Plains Cave (03) 64291388 (64291133)


Camberwell Grammar School celebrates Earth Science Week 2006

Camberwell Grammar School in Balwyn, Victoria, is celebrating Earth Science Week with a special library display in their Senior Library.


Queensland Resources Council

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) aims to give teachers and students a balanced and informed understanding of our state's mineral and energy resources industries.

The QRC is committed to developing and providing educational resources about the resources sector and has produced teaching materials in the key learning areas of science and studies of society and the environment and technology.

The QRC offers free in-school presentations to primary (years 5-7) and secondary (years 8-12) students in south-east Queensland, the Darling Downs, Rockhampton, Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns. Our education officers also visit regional centres throughout the year.

Northern Territory

Earth Sciences/Geology Scholarship 2006

The Minister for Mines and Energy is offering a Scholarship for a young Territorian to undertake university study in the earth sciences/geology.

The Scholarship offers:

  • financial assistance of $12,000 per annum, for three years;
  • guaranteed employment during university vacations;
  • opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in the mining and petroleum industry for a student studying or proposing to study towards attaining an appropriate qualification at the Charles Darwin University.

Topic contact: Last updated: October 4, 2013