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Careers	  inGeoscienceDr	  Geoff	  Ba/Research	  Associate	  ProfessorExxonMobil	  Fellow
Geology	  is	  the	  study	  of	  rocks...
...in	  the	  same	  way	  that	  English	  Literature	  is	  the	  study	  of	  words
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Image	  produced	  by	  Shuxia	  Zhang	  and	  Shuo	  Wang	  at	  the	  University	  of	  Minnesota	  SupercompuHng	  InsH...
Images	  from	  the	  USGS	  NaHonal	  Ice	  Core	  Lab,
Images	  from	  the	  USGS	  NaHonal	  Ice	  Core	  Lab,
Images	  from	  the	  USGS	  NaHonal	  Ice	  Core	  Lab,
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Mineral	  ExploraHonMiningPetroleumEnvironmental	  scienceGroundwaterState	  and	  naHonal	  exploraHonPublic	  serviceFin...
Mining
Kalgoorlie	  mining	  operaHonsCourtesy	  Newcrest	  Mining	  Ltd
Kalgoorlie	  mining	  operaHonsCourtesy	  Newcrest	  Mining	  Ltd“WMC	  [Western	  Mining	  CorporaHon]	  a/ributes	  its	...
Kalgoorlie	  mining	  operaHonsCourtesy	  Newcrest	  Mining	  Ltd“Over	  the	  next	  50	  years	  we	  will	  need	  to	 ...
The	  resources	  sector	  is	  regarded	  as	  the	  highest	  paying	  	  of	  all	  industries	  in	  AustraliaChamber	...
Earnings	  in	  the	  top	  10%	  naHonallyAustralian	  Bureau	  of	  StaBsBcsThe	  resources	  sector	  is	  regarded	  a...
Hays	  Salary	  Survey	  and	  Guide,	  2011CCMining	  GeologyCCPetroleum	  GeologyEarnings	  in	  the	  top	  10%	  naHon...
Renewable	  Energy
“Our	  aim	  is	  to	  make	  Perth	  the	  first	  geothermally	  cooled	  city	  in	  the	  coming	  decades.”Professor	 ...
Hydrogeology
“The	  last	  major	  diverHble	  surface	  resources	  close	  to	  the	  Perth	  –	  Bunbury	  axis	  have	  now	  been	...
Australian	  Government	  Bureau	  of	  Rural	  Sciences,	  2007Groundwater	  extracHon	  doubled	  in	  Australia	  betwe...
Agriculture
Social	  Impact
Some	  of	  the	  more	  important	  decisions	  the	  community	  will	  make	  in	  the	  decades	  ahead	  relate	  to	...
28...the	  general	  community	  needs	  a	  basic	  understanding	  of	  how	  our	  planet	  works
“SomeHmes	  I	  think	  we	  are	  alone	  in	  the	  universe,	  someHmes	  I	  think	  we	  arent:	  in	  both	  cases,	...
30DRGEOFFREYBATT-UWASeminar
Ba#	  Careers	  Seminar,	  May	  2013
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An exploration of the nature and practicalities of studying and developing a career in geoscience. Aimed at senior high school students contemplating their study and career options.

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  1. 1. Careers  inGeoscienceDr  Geoff  Ba/Research  Associate  ProfessorExxonMobil  Fellow
  2. 2. Geology  is  the  study  of  rocks...
  3. 3. ...in  the  same  way  that  English  Literature  is  the  study  of  words
  4. 4. 5
  5. 5. Image  produced  by  Shuxia  Zhang  and  Shuo  Wang  at  the  University  of  Minnesota  SupercompuHng  InsHtute
  6. 6. Images  from  the  USGS  NaHonal  Ice  Core  Lab,
  7. 7. Images  from  the  USGS  NaHonal  Ice  Core  Lab,
  8. 8. Images  from  the  USGS  NaHonal  Ice  Core  Lab,
  9. 9. Careers  in  Geoscience
  10. 10. Mineral  ExploraHonMiningPetroleumEnvironmental  scienceGroundwaterState  and  naHonal  exploraHonPublic  serviceFinancial  analysisCompany  directorManagementResources Environment Non-­‐geoscienceBroadcasHngConservaHonResearch PlanningResearchTourism
  11. 11. Mining
  12. 12. Kalgoorlie  mining  operaHonsCourtesy  Newcrest  Mining  Ltd
  13. 13. Kalgoorlie  mining  operaHonsCourtesy  Newcrest  Mining  Ltd“WMC  [Western  Mining  CorporaHon]  a/ributes  its  growth  enHrely  to  successful  exploraHon  which,  in  turn,  is  a/ributed  to  the  successful  applicaHon  of  geological  science.”Roy  WoodalFormer  Director  of  ExploraBon,  WMC,  1983
  14. 14. Kalgoorlie  mining  operaHonsCourtesy  Newcrest  Mining  Ltd“Over  the  next  50  years  we  will  need  to  find  and  mine  up  to  five  Hmes  all  the  metal  produced  to  date.”  Professor  Brian  Skinner  Yale  University,  2000
  15. 15. The  resources  sector  is  regarded  as  the  highest  paying    of  all  industries  in  AustraliaChamber  of  Minerals  and  Energy
  16. 16. Earnings  in  the  top  10%  naHonallyAustralian  Bureau  of  StaBsBcsThe  resources  sector  is  regarded  as  the  highest  paying    of  all  industries  in  AustraliaChamber  of  Minerals  and  Energy
  17. 17. Hays  Salary  Survey  and  Guide,  2011CCMining  GeologyCCPetroleum  GeologyEarnings  in  the  top  10%  naHonallyAustralian  Bureau  of  StaBsBcsThe  resources  sector  is  regarded  as  the  highest  paying    of  all  industries  in  AustraliaChamber  of  Minerals  and  Energy
  18. 18. Renewable  Energy
  19. 19. “Our  aim  is  to  make  Perth  the  first  geothermally  cooled  city  in  the  coming  decades.”Professor  Klaus  Regenauer-­‐LiebWestern  Australian  Geothermal  Centre  of  Excellence
  20. 20. Hydrogeology
  21. 21. “The  last  major  diverHble  surface  resources  close  to  the  Perth  –  Bunbury  axis  have  now  been  developed.”Economic  RegulaBon  Authority  of  Western  Australia,  2004
  22. 22. Australian  Government  Bureau  of  Rural  Sciences,  2007Groundwater  extracHon  doubled  in  Australia  between  1985  and  199750%  of  Perth’s  fresh  water  comes  from  groundwater
  23. 23. Agriculture
  24. 24. Social  Impact
  25. 25. Some  of  the  more  important  decisions  the  community  will  make  in  the  decades  ahead  relate  to  our  stewardship  of  the  Earth.  We  need  to  have  available  the  technical  capability  and  capacity  to  make  and  implement  these  key  decisions,  and  the  general  community  needs  a  basic  understanding  of  how  our  planet  works.Dr  David  DenhamPresident  ,  Australian  InsHtute  of  GeoscienHstsSubmission  to  Senate  Enquiry  into  TerBary  EducaBon,  2001
  26. 26. 28...the  general  community  needs  a  basic  understanding  of  how  our  planet  works
  27. 27. “SomeHmes  I  think  we  are  alone  in  the  universe,  someHmes  I  think  we  arent:  in  both  cases,  the  idea  makes  me  dizzy”Arthur  C.  Clarke
  28. 28. 30DRGEOFFREYBATT-UWASeminar
  29. 29. Ba#  Careers  Seminar,  May  2013
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