|Minerals and Geology|
Crystals, meteorites and minerals first identified in South Australia are all part of discovering minerals at the museum.
Minerals and Mawson
One of Sir Douglas Mawson's many roles was to look after this museum's mineral collections. In fact the black display case at one end of the Mineral Gallery is one of a set that he commissioned. It is therefore appropriate that any exploration of minerals include both the Mawson and Minerals Galleries. Select from the Article Index box (right) to download a program appropriate for your students.
Students visiting the Mawson and Minerals galleries have a unique opportunity to learn about rocks and minerals in a variety of ways. Their ideas about rocks and minerals will be enriched as they look at the variety of minerals in the Museum's collection and explore the geological work of Douglas Mawson.
We recommend a lesson with an Education Officer to enable students to handle examples of rocks and different minerals.
Student's ideas on how rocks and minerals are formed can be enriched as they follow the evidence that Mawson found to explain South Australia's geological history and see the variety of minerals in the Museum's collection. As Honorary Curator of Minerals for the South Australian Museum, Mawson played a significant role in developing the Museum's mineral collection.
By booking an Education Officer students can handle examples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks as well as different minerals.
The aims of this activity are to:
- appreciate the variety and beauty of the mineral kingdom;
- see mineral specimens of high quality and value;
- gain an understanding of South Australia's mineral heritage;
- reinforce students' classroom study of minerals.
There are many multimedia stations in the Mawson Gallery. Some are biological, others geological. Teachers might wish to read the summary of multimedia before their students visit the gallery to help guide their exploration.