This workshop will look at the basic geological history of the local area and how it relates to the soil and rock types we have around the region now.
We will use geological maps to look at where you live and see exactly what you have on your place and what you drive past daily, but might not have noticed!
We’ll also leave you with a list of interesting geological things to go and visit on a self drive tour around the region that you can do in your own time.
The content of this workshop will be beginner friendly. Your presenter will be bringing rocks from around the region for you to get your hands on and perhaps be able to recognise again if you see them out and about.
We will allow plenty of time for locally focused questions and discussion at the end of this presentation.
About Your presenters: Rockhoundz
Jaimie has experience in soil science and pasture research with CSIRO in Canberra and ant, fire and tissue culture research with DPI here in Gympie. Jaimie also knows enough geology to find some great specimens and is really good with a geology pick and hammer. In the past he’s used geology and soil science to help him with his ecology projects with CSIRO and Queensland Primary Industries.
“There are lots of geology specimens on the market. Most of them are about 30mm in size – that’s about the size of a 20c coin. Our rocks are big – about 75mm – which makes them much easier to use to identify the crystals they are made up of. Much easier to identify layers or inclusions and see weathering or fracture patterns. Much easier to teach with – and harder to get lost in a pocket or a pencil case.”
Geology is now a core part of the Australian National Science Curriculum. For too long we’ve seen teachers preparing and presenting really rockin’ geology lessons in classrooms without access to decent size specimens to demonstrate with. Earth science is big and exciting and really, really interesting – but most geology specimens are tiny pebbles that you just can’t get excited about. Our rocks are different.
Saturday 21st March 2020, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Gympie & District Landcare Group Conference Room – 5 Groves Road, Araluen QLD 4570
How to Register:
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