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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.

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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  • 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 View slide
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  • Image  produced  by  Shuxia  Zhang  and  Shuo  Wang  at  the  University  of  Minnesota  SupercompuHng  InsHtute
  • Images  from  the  USGS  NaHonal  Ice  Core  Lab,
  • Images  from  the  USGS  NaHonal  Ice  Core  Lab,
  • Images  from  the  USGS  NaHonal  Ice  Core  Lab,
  • Careers  in  Geoscience
  • Mineral  ExploraHonMiningPetroleumEnvironmental  scienceGroundwaterState  and  naHonal  exploraHonPublic  serviceFinancial  analysisCompany  directorManagementResources Environment Non-­‐geoscienceBroadcasHngConservaHonResearch PlanningResearchTourism
  • Mining
  • Kalgoorlie  mining  operaHonsCourtesy  Newcrest  Mining  Ltd
  • 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
  • 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
  • The  resources  sector  is  regarded  as  the  highest  paying    of  all  industries  in  AustraliaChamber  of  Minerals  and  Energy
  • 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
  • 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
  • Renewable  Energy
  • “Our  aim  is  to  make  Perth  the  first  geothermally  cooled  city  in  the  coming  decades.”Professor  Klaus  Regenauer-­‐LiebWestern  Australian  Geothermal  Centre  of  Excellence
  • Hydrogeology
  • “The  last  major  diverHble  surface  resources  close  to  the  Perth  –  Bunbury  axis  have  now  been  developed.”Economic  RegulaBon  Authority  of  Western  Australia,  2004
  • Australian  Government  Bureau  of  Rural  Sciences,  2007Groundwater  extracHon  doubled  in  Australia  between  1985  and  199750%  of  Perth’s  fresh  water  comes  from  groundwater
  • Agriculture
  • Social  Impact
  • 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
  • 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,  the  idea  makes  me  dizzy”Arthur  C.  Clarke
  • 30DRGEOFFREYBATT-UWASeminar
  • Ba#  Careers  Seminar,  May  2013