Exploring Earth and Environmental Science – Edition 2

Official Launch of the Best Books for Earth and Environmental Science

Invited guests of Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) descended upon Canning Vale College on the 23rd of March to celebrate the official launch of edition two of Exploring Earth and Environmental Science.

ESWA Board members, supporters and volunteers, Earth and Environmental Science (EES) teachers and students took this opportunity to celebrate an important milestone in EES education. Peter Rudrum, Principal of Canning Vale College, enthusiastically welcomed all guests and spoke about the important assistance given to the College’s teachers and students to resource and promote earth sciences education across Years 7-12. Mark Thompson, Vice Chair of ESWA, reminisced about the history of the textbook (initially released in 2011), thanked the many contributors to this edition and shared a little about the large number of successful programs ESWA runs across the state.

Professor Lyn Beazley then took the stage to officially launch this edition outlining how import EES and STEM education is for our future and her love for the new textbooks. She went on to share with everyone her favourite parts of the texts (she really had read them cover to cover!) and why these were interesting and special to her, stating that they are the best Earth and Environmental textbooks in the world.

This launch was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that is being done to support and promote earth sciences education across WA by a dedicated team with a large number of supporters. The new edition of this textbook would not have possible without the support of Woodside Energy nor this launch function without Canning Vale College.

About Exploring Earth and Environmental Science

The textbook Exploring Earth and Environmental Science was released in 2011 to support the Western Australian EES curriculum. This large volume, 520 pages, served teachers and students well for several years. With the implementation of the WA version of the Australian Curriculum from 2015 it was decided that the textbook needed a major revision to align itself to the curriculum and to allow for important updates. A team of dedicated authors then set out, under the direction of ESWA’s CEO, to split the book into two volumes, Year 11 and 12, to produce relevant, easy to read and visually appealing textbooks for students.

Since its release late in 2016 hundreds of volumes have been sold in WA, the ACT and Queensland, with growing interest from other states.

For more information on these texts, or to purchase them, visit – or contact Jo –

Submissions for the AIG Mentoring Program 2017 are now open!

AIG Mentoring Program

An initiative of the National Graduate Group for BSc/MSc/PhD students and Early career geoscientists (<5 years experience)

Our 2017 program is about to kick-off and we invite you to join us!


AIG Mentoring Program

Our program connects undergraduate students, honours, MSc and PhD candidates, and early career geoscientists (0-5yrs) with experienced industry professionals. The aim is to build our community by providing emerging geoscientists with connections, knowledge and experiences from knowledgeable professionals who are looking to give back. Our professionals provide practical advice and guidance on a number of areas of interest in regards to beginning and maintaining a healthy career within geoscience.


Program details

  • The program is free for both mentees and mentors!
  • During the program mentees and mentors meet regularly to discuss and work on their mentoring program objectives.
  • In addition to mentor-mentee meetings, the program includes three formal events:
    • Kick-Off Event – May/June
    • Mid-term Social Event
    • Final Event/Program finish – Oct
  • Programs are currently running in WA, VIC and QLD urban centres.
  • New in 2017! For people located outside urban areas or in a state without an active program, the Distance Program is for you. This program uses online technology to facilitate mentoring, regardless of location.


Join us!

Fill out and submit an expression of interest form for the program you’d like to join via Note the deadline for submissions is 15 April 2017.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in May 2017.

AIG membership is a prerequisite to participate in the mentoring program as a mentor or as a mentee. If you are not already an AIG member then this is a great reason to join up – sign up for membership online at

AIG membership for students is free!


Call for state champions

If you are passionate about giving back and want to make an impact in your community, we are seeking mentoring program state champions who have >15-20 yr practical industry experience to lead dynamic mentoring committees in NSW/ACT, SA/NT and TAS. You will help connect our program across the nation by joining our network of established programs in WA, VIC and QLD.

Any questions? For more details about the AIG Mentoring Program please contact us at



Whether you are a mentee or mentor – Sign up now!



Mid West WA Geotrail Proposal – have your say!

The Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association has initiated plans to establish a Mid West WA Geotrail and is seeking community input.

batavia-coast-png WA’s Batavia coast, centred on Geraldton and Shark Bay

This area possesses a remarkable array of geological landscapes and rock and mineral formations. These include some of the oldest rocks at Jack Hills (dating back 4.4 billion years) to some of the youngest, with fossilised reef formations perched along our coast from just ~10 thousand years ago when sea levels were higher than at present. Banded iron-formations inland, ancient marine ammonite beds, glacial deposits, dinosaur bones, copper, lead and other ores, garnet dunes and stunning landscapes add even more to the geodiversity of the region and the reasons to establish a Geotrail.

How can you help? The Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association will convene a meeting of interested individuals and organisations in early 2017 to discuss this proposal and all interested parties are invited to attend. To find out more download this brochure.

Check Out Geoscience Radio


Geoscience Radio is a podcast about discovery. For those involved in exploration, this is a podcast to showcase mineral discoveries and share insight into the geoscience that is involved in the process. We will delve into some of the basic (and often undervalued) principles of geology that are indispensable tools to the modern geologist, and discuss modern technologies that are becoming commonplace in 21st century exploration.

The podcast series is the work of Perth-based exploration geologist Ben Walsh.

A science graduate from the University of Otago, New Zealand, Ben developed his interest in geology from a young age, experiencing first hand what it means to live in the ‘shaky isles’. Graduating in 2011 with a double major in Geology and Botany, Ben has spent his years so far working in mineral exploration, searching exclusively for metamorphic vein and unconformity-type uranium deposits in Australia.

Episode 1 tells the story of the discovery of WA’s Tropicana gold deposit.  You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or listen to podcasts via the Geoscience Radio website.

What’s happening in your state this Christmas?



Join your local state branch for their annual Christmas and end of year celebrations!


Townsville Minerals Industry Christmas Party

Friday 18 November 2016 – from 6.30 pm – 11.00 pm
The Deck, Townsville Yacht Club
Register at


Western Australia Branch – WA Christmas Function

Friday 25th November 2016 – from 5pm – 7.30pm
West Australian Rowing Club – Barrack Square (Riverside Drive)
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Queensland Branch – Brisbane AIG Geoscience Christmas Party

Friday 2nd December, 2016 – From 5pm till late
Transcontinental Hotel – 482 George St, Brisbane
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New South Wales Branch – SMEDG David Timms Christmas Cruise

Feast on gourmet food and sip on wine aboard the ‘Proclaim’!
Friday 16th December 2016
Boarding at McMahons Point Wharf 12.50pm
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We look forward to seeing you there!