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Natural selection

This is an interactive resource about how changes in the environment affect both plants and animals in a simple ecosystem. Students build a dam in the middle of the field, dividing the ecosystem in half to illustrate the affects of geographic isolation. They watch as the grass and then the rabbit populations in that region ...

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Tully and Yasi: the sequel

When tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland in 2011, the small town of Tully suffered severe damage and the region's banana and sugar cane crops were devastated. Discover how this crop damage impacted farmers, the local community and people throughout Australia. Find out how the town has since recovered.

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Environmental implications of new Cotter Dam

A new, larger wall is being constructed at Canberra's Cotter Dam. It will markedly increase the dam's storage capacity and help to ensure the sustainability of Canberra's water supply. However, important environmental work has been taking place behind the original dam wall. This clip investigates techniques used to carefully ...

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Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Singapore

This resource is a series of satellite images of Singapore showing changes from 1973 to 2009 accompanied by a text explanation and a brief history of Singapore from British colonisation in 1819. The images and text together chart changes over time such as the destruction of the original tropical rainforest apart from small ...

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Faces of climate change

This is a digital resource containing a series of videos in which people from around the world tell their stories about the impacts and challenges that climate change poses for themselves and their communities. It includes Ethiopian crop farmers, Vietnamese rice farmers, an Australian fisherman, and communities in Bangladesh ...

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Ocean change affects symbiotic relationship

Polyps are the miniature architects of coral reefs. Find out about the relationship between polyps and an alga, Zooxanthellae. How does each benefit and what causes the coral to eject the Zooxanthellae with often devastating results? View the clip to find out.

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Damming the free and mighty Mekong

The Mekong has been a rare thing: a largely untouched and free-flowing river. Stretching for nearly 5,000 km from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam's Mekong Delta, it has provided a way of life for millions of people and been an important trading route between south-western China and south-eastern Asia. In this clip from ...

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'Clean up Australia' 10th birthday promotional poster, 1999

This is a poster both celebrating the 10th birthday of 'Clean Up Australia' and asking for the community's continuing support on Sunday 7 March 1999. 'All we really want is your presence' is the main message. Under the text is a stylised representation of Australia, surrounded by a fan of golden yellow lines representing ...

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Beetles threaten heritage elms

Imagine a tiny beetle causing the defoliation and even death of mature elm trees that have been growing in Tasmania for up to 150 years. Watch this clip to discover how the elm beetle is wiping out these old trees within Tasmania's heritage gardens. Find out also what arborists are doing to try to minimise the damage and ...

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Learn About Wool: Years 3 - 4

This website provides resources that support students to investigate the unique properties of wool, how these properties influence the use and behaviour of wool-based end products. Students can also use the Australian wool industry as the basis for investigating the world-class technologies and methods used in modern fibre ...

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Lake Eyre - just add water

Imagine a lake that drains water from one sixth of all of Australia but fills up only once every 25 years. Discover the beauty of Lake Eyre in South Australia as it fills with water and transforms the dry outback to an inland oasis that becomes home to thousands of water birds.

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Melting permafrost: a sign of climate change?

Until recently, evidence led scientists to think that Arctic permafrost was melting at a much slower rate than is the case now. During climate change talks, a stark warning was sounded that permafrost thawing could push the Earth's climate past a tipping point. In this clip, find out a bit more about permafrost melting ...

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Fossils: stories in the rock

Come on a journey with young scientist Alex Jaeger as he tells us about fossils found along the Jurassic Coast in Victoria. Find out how the area's landscape and ecosystem have changed over time. Alex explains how fossils are formed and what they reveal about Australia's past in his 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools ...

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Yucatán Peninsula: sustainable tourism

The Yucatán Peninsula in south-eastern Mexico is a popular tourist destination. This clip focuses on examples of sustainable tourism - tourism that aims to have a low environmental impact. View Tulum, a town under threat of being developed similarly to Cancún, a major tourist resort destination.

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Cotton on to why the Aral Sea is disappearing

The Aral Sea began to disappear after rivers were diverted to provide water for cotton irrigation schemes in Central Asia. In this clip you will learn why past governments made significant environmental modifications in this region.

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Dugong dilemma: assessment: teacher guide

This resource is intended for use with the assessment object 'Dugong dilemma: assessment' (L7734), and aims to help you interpret the student report generated by that object. It provides a profile of 'Dugong dilemma: assessment', which includes intended user levels and a description of tasks completed by the student. It ...

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Hawkesbury River: tourism and river health

The Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment provides a useful example of river management issues. This clip shows conservationist canoeists completing their journey along the Hawkesbury River in the 'Source to Sea' project. See what's being done to protect a fragile ecosystem of the river: seagrass. Find out how increased demand ...

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Climate change and the rising sea level

What is the correlation between global warming and the rising sea level? This animation explains the link between the two and the consequences of a continual sea level rise. How are some communities combating this problem? Can you think of some other ways we could address this problem?

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Tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish

Did you know the crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural predator that is having a huge impact on the Great Barrier Reef? Watch this clip to find out about the damage it's causing and what scientists are doing to try to protect the reef. Find out the role that people play both in causing and in managing this environmental issue.

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Learn About Wool: Foundation Year - Year 2 resources

This website provides resources that allow students to explore how sheep are managed sustainably to produce wool, understand how wool producers use science to ensure their flocks are healthy, compare the lifecycle, needs and survival features of sheep with their own, and investigate the unique properties of wool that make ...