Videos

Introduction to fossils

Learn about fossils in this behind-the-scenes visit to the Commonwealth Palaeontological Collection. See different types of body and trace fossils; learn how organisms may become fossilised, and some reasons why scientists study fossil specimens.

Understanding the National Earthquake Alerts Centre

Learn about earthquake monitoring in Australia through a visit to the National Earthquake Alerts Centre where seismic data from a global network of seismometers is received. The checking and analysis process is shown along with the types of seismic waves.

Fossil shell stories

Fossil shells can tell us about past environments. This video presents examples of shell fossils that help us to understand where oceans were located in Australia millions of years ago. Brachiopods from Canberra and a large spiral shell from the Nullarbor Plain are showcased.

The Geology of Minecraft

How do some of the rocks in Minecraft form and behave in real life? This short video discusses bedrock, obsidian and redstone using real rock samples and references to the game.

Introduction to tectonic plates (primary)

This video introduces the concept of tectonic plates making use of a tectonic plates puzzle. Viewers are asked to predict the direction and speed of plate movement and consider where and why earthquakes happen on the Australian Plate.

Sugar shake: erosion experiment (primary)

This video introduces the concepts of weathering and erosion by investigating why river pebbles are often rounded. Viewers can undertake an activity which demonstrates the process of erosion using sugar cubes.

Earthquake monitoring

This video introduces the concepts of earthquake monitoring using seismometers and seismographs. It also features the National Earthquake Alert Centre. Viewers are asked to try making earthquakes at home using the accelerometers in their smartphones.

Rocks from volcanoes

This short video introduces rocks from volcanoes and their features using some of the samples in the Geoscience Australia Education Centre.

Positioning 101 – what is positioning

Learn the basics of positioning technology and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) that help us pinpoint where we are and where we want to go.

Introduction to the Geography of Australia

Australia is a unique continent. This short video introduces the physical geography of Australia using a colourful topographic map. Viewers are shown the three major physical regions of the continent, the lack of large mountains and consider why relatively few people live in Australia given its size.