Geosphere: Earth's Natural Resources

Geoscience and Petroleum Careers

What adventures await you as a student of the Earth sciences?

Getting the Oil Out

Learn how oil rigs work in this activity from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Gold Panning

Travel back in time and try your luck panning for 'gold' in this fun mineral activity.

How Natural Gas Forms

In this activity, you’ll make a model of how natural gas might be formed from decaying organic material.

Investigating Different Rock Types

In this investigation, you will explore the characteristics of various types of rocks.

Investigating Rock Types

In any science, it is important to accurately and understandably describe your observations for others. Whether for advancing research or informing the public, communicating your work is critical.

For geologists, this comes down to describing rocks’ colors, patterns, shapes and other features. These features may reveal evidence about the past, clues to their suitability for a construction project, or signs of valuable natural resources hidden within them.

Investigating Soil

Investigate different types of soil by using a core sample.

Mineral Electrical Conductivity

People must mine minerals to provide all kinds of materials that we depend on in our lives. The purpose of this activity is to test the conductivity of various minerals with a simple electrical circuit and draw conclusions about which ones would be used in electronics.

Mineral Identification

Learn the characteristics of difference kinds of minerals in this hands on investigative activity.

Modeling an Oil Reserve

Abundant oil and natural gas form only where conditions in the Earth are just right. Doing this investigation will help you understand how geoscientists identify and explore petroleum-rich reserves.

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