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How are volcanoes formed? What rocks come from volcanoes? What do volcanoes leave behind? How does lava flow?
There are many questions about volcanoes and we don't have many volcanoes in Australia, but they have an impact on the landscape today. Most people know little about volcanoes but a visit to the Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre has people leaving with a lot more knowledge.
The Volcanoes Discovery Centre has displays of all types of volcanoes, and specific information on volcanic activity in Western Victoria. Through videos and posters the wonder of volcanoes is on show for everyone. The centre interests tourists as well as students. Many schools make a special trip to Penshurst to learn about geology.
A visit to Penshurst should also include a climb of Mount Rouse, our very own dormant volcano.
The centre is housed in the former council chambers, an historic building. The foyer has many interesting displays and information for tourists.
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Is there a volcano in your garden? Eruption locations of the Newer Volcanics Province of south-eastern Australia
Did you know there were volcanoes in Victoria? The state is actually home to the Newer Volcanics Province (NVP), a volcanic field stretching 410 km from Melbourne to the Mt. Burr range in South Australia, covering >19,000 km2 and containing >704 eruption points from >416 volcanic centres. The province contains a wide variety of eruption centres, which are both simple and complex in nature, ranging from lava shields and scoria cones to some of the largest maar volcanoes in the world. Explorable caves and lava tubes showcase well-preserved lava flow features, while the province is a fossickers dream, containing abundant mantle xenolith and megacryst collecting localities.
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On 5th & 6th May 2012 the Volcanoes Discovery Centre was host to the Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP). TESEP is an organisation that provides classroom teachers with Professional Development workshops to make better use of their time teaching Earth Sciences, an area that for years has often been overlooked by the education system. Teachers from Victoria's West/South West region visited Penshurst to participate in two workshops. Geologist Greg McNamara who is also TESEP’s Executive Officer facilitated the workshops.