7th August 2017

Ancient fossil finds and unique minerals will be on display for public viewing by the Geological Survey of NSW for a Sydney Science Festival event during National Science Week.

Dr Chris Yeats, Executive Director of Geological Survey of NSW, said the NSW Government’s Londonderry Drillcore Library is a treasure trove usually used by experts in the resources field for exploration, scientific and educational purposes.

“Our extensive library of rocks, fossils, and minerals, collected by many geologists over the last century, will be open to the public for a day,” Dr Yeats said.

“Scientists from the Geological Survey of NSW will guide two groups on a tour through the rock archives, alongside specialist palaeontologists who will lead you through the amazing fossil record of past inhabitants of NSW.

“The specially designed building holds over a million metres of drilled rock that records what lies beneath us here in NSW.

“Tour participants will be encouraged to “read” and interpret specimens from the Drillcore Library and see how high-tech equipment helps identify minerals in rocks.

“National Science Week is about celebrating science and technology and every age group is encouraged to participate.”

When: Thursday 17 August 2017

Time: 1.5-hour tours start at 10.30 am and 12.30 pm

Where: WB Clarke Geoscience Centre, 947-953 Londonderry Road, Londonderry

Who: Geologists and technicians from the Geological Survey of NSW are running this free public event

Bookings: https://stories_in_stone.eventbrite.com.au