Planetary Sciences

  • "Speaker Dr Franco Pirajno presents his talk."

    4 Sep 2017

    Lecture: Volcanic Eruptions and Pompeii

    'Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice'

    Dr Franco Pirajno Senior Geoscientist, Geological Survey of Western Australia; Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia

    Franco Pirajno spent his childhood years in Pompeii and witnessed the 1944 eruption, which left an indelible influence in his young life. This experience led him to the Vesuvius Volcano Observatory where he obtained his doctorate in Geological Sciences following a thesis on volcanology.

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  • Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery

    10 Feb 2016

    Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery Decant

    The Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery is currently being decanted, the process having starting in the first week of February 2016. The decant is being overseen by Alex Bevan, who is the Head of Department, Earth and Planetary Science, and Curator of Mineralogy and Meteorites at the Western Australian Museum.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Image of the mineral Malachite with associated pyromorphite.

    20 Apr 2015

    A short history of the mineralogy collection

    A rich hunting ground for prospectors and collectors, Western Australia has been a prolific source of new minerals and fine mineral specimens. Surprisingly, for one of Australia’s premier mining states, the mineral collection of the Western Australian Museum has had a chequered past. Placed in storage in the mid-1960s and inaccessible to the public for around twenty years, the collection was badly neglected. The history of the collection is a salutary lesson in what can happen to a public asset lacking curatorial responsibility.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Main mass (12.4 t) of the Mundrabilla meteorite on route to the Western Australian Museum

    25 Mar 2015

    Meteorite Collection

    For more than a century, Western Australia has been a rich hunting ground for prospectors and collectors, and has proved a prolific source of meteorite finds. This article presents an account of how the Western Australian Museum meteorite collection was born and continues to grow.

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  • Image of a yellow diamond from the Kimberley

    4 Mar 2015

    The story of diamonds in Western Australia

    Pink and yellow treasures from the deep 

    Precious, brilliant and hard – diamonds have fascinated us since time immemorial. Over time scientific investigation has revealed their origins, even if some mysteries remain…

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Five of the largest diamonds from the Argyle pink diamond collection, Kimberley, Western Australia

    16 Feb 2015

    A behind-the-scenes look at our mineral collection

    The Western Australian Museum mineral collections contain around 30,800 specimens of some 1,300 mineral species from more than 10,000 localities in Australia and the rest of the world. This photo gallery showcases some specimens from this large collection. 

    Further Information

    To find out more on the Western Australian Museum mineral collection, visit the collection hightlights on the Museum website.

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    Photo Galleries
    Jessica Scholle

  • Dr Mikael Siversson delivering a talk

    26 Aug 2014

    Dinosaurs and other creatures

    As part of the In the Wild West lecture series, Dr Mikael Siversson, Curator of Palaeontology delivered his talk Dinosaurs and other creatures.

    Dinosaurs reached their peak diversity during the Cretaceous period when the rising sea isolated animal populations on large islands. This era produced some of the most spectacular animals the world has ever seen.

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    Danny Murphy

  • A group in the Perth Cultural Centre interacting with the big screen of dinosaurs

    22 May 2014

    Dinosaur Discovery Augmented Reality Experience

    To celebrate the blockbuster exhibition Dinosaur Discovery, the WA Museum has teamed up with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, local technology start-up Hungry Sky, and animation specialists Eye Candy to unleash the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period on people walking through the Perth Cultural Centre.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Yellow diamonds from the Ellendale diamond collection

    19 Sep 2012

    The Kimberley Diamond Company Ellendale diamond collection

    In November 2011, the Kimberley Diamond Company and private benefactors, donated to the Western Australian Museum, a representative collection of yellow and white diamonds, to a total weight of 38.06 carats, from their operations at Ellendale in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. These images showcase some of these diamonds.

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  • A series of yellow diamonds

    19 Sep 2012

    The Kimberley Diamond Company Ellendale diamond collection

    In November 2011, the Kimberley Diamond Company and private benefactors, donated to the Western Australian Museum, a representative collection of yellow and white diamonds, to a total weight of 38.06 carats, from their operations at Ellendale in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 17 Aug 2012

    Colours of the Earth

    Dr Peter Downes, Curator of Minerals and Meteorites, Earth & Planetary Sciences Presented as part of the In the Wild West Lecture Series in 2012.

    The interaction of the atmosphere and ground waters with mineral deposits over time has produced an exotic array of colourful minerals. Come on a tour through some hotspots for mineral diversity that have been revealed through mining in Western Australia.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Mikael Siversson presenting a slideshow with a slide of a T-Rex fossil

    14 Aug 2012

    Dinosaurs of the 21st Century: masters of the sky

    Delivered by Dr Mikael Silversson Presented as part of the In the Wild West Lecture Series in 2012.

    They ruled the land for 170 million years and now they rule the skies! Explore the wonders of the dinosaur world, from the mighty T-rex to the humble duck.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Dr Kate Trinajstic, lecturing in front of a crowd at the WA Museum

    12 Jan 2012

    Caught in the act: sex and the fossil record

    Dr Kate Trinajstic, Vertebrate Palaeontologist, Curtin University

    Sex and sexual behaviour in fossils has largely remained a mystery. Seeking evidence of sex is one of the most difficult endeavours in palaeontology, but new discoveries from WA are changing all of this.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Mikael Siversson talking to camera in front of a 4WD vehicle

    11 Nov 2011

    Marine reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs – 10

    During August 2011, the Western Australian Museum's Dr Mikael Siversson - Curator of Palaeontology and world renowed expert on fossil Lamniform Sharks - led a field trip to the Giralia Range. These video diaries document this research trip.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Hunting for fossils in the Australian Outback desert floor

    11 Nov 2011

    Marine reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs – 09

    During August 2011, the Western Australian Museum's Dr Mikael Siversson - Curator of Palaeontology and world renowed expert on fossil Lamniform Sharks - led a field trip to the Giralia Range. These video diaries document this research trip.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Mikael Siversson hand holding a piece of fossilised wood in the Australian outback

    11 Nov 2011

    Marine reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs – 08

    During August 2011, the Western Australian Museum's Dr Mikael Siversson - Curator of Palaeontology and world renowed expert on fossil Lamniform Sharks - led a field trip to the Giralia Range. These video diaries document this research trip.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Mikael Siversson hand pointing to a piece of fossilised wood in the Australian outback

    11 Nov 2011

    Marine reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs – 07

    During August 2011, the Western Australian Museum's Dr Mikael Siversson - Curator of Palaeontology and world renowed expert on fossil Lamniform Sharks - led a field trip to the Giralia Range. These video diaries document this research trip.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Mikael Siversson hand holding a piece of fossilised wood in the Australian outback

    11 Nov 2011

    Marine reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs – 06

    During August 2011, the Western Australian Museum's Dr Mikael Siversson - Curator of Palaeontology and world renowed expert on fossil Lamniform Sharks - led a field trip to the Giralia Range. These video diaries document this research trip.

    Read more

    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • Mikael Siversson hand pointing to a fossil in the Australian outback

    11 Nov 2011

    Marine reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs – 05

    During August 2011, the Western Australian Museum's Dr Mikael Siversson - Curator of Palaeontology and world renowed expert on fossil Lamniform Sharks - led a field trip to the Giralia Range. These video diaries document this research trip.

    Read more

    Video
    Danny Murphy