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School of Rocks: Rock Core Sample

Core samples are used by geologists to evaluate available resources in a given area. The five metre core sample used in this activity has been donated by Shell’s QGC business. It is a small section of a larger 435 metre core produced from a site between Chinchilla, Dalby and Tara in the Western Downs, Queensland.

In this activity students will analyse the core sample, and use information provided from the core sample to infer what the environment was like in the past, and how it changed over time.

Supporting resources for this activity can be found at:

  • School of Rocks: Teacher Resource, pages 57 and 62 - 65
  • School of Rocks: Student Activity Book, pages 45 - 48
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