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Coorong Salinity

Imagine the mighty Murray River as it flows through South Australia and reaches the sea. Explore the consequences of drought and human activity while listening to Graham Phillips describe the effects of the Coorong's increasing salinity and the the associated threat to Adelaide's supply of fresh water.

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Developing bush tucker into a seed crop

Which native plant might provide a ready-made crop that could be used as a very nutritious food source? Meet two South Australian growers who are investigating just such a native crop. Find out more about the seed crop that does not require significant amounts of water or fertiliser and has a long history of use by Indigenous ...

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Wattleseed: a promising new cooking ingredient

If you were a farmer, what native plants could you grow to provide a new food crop? Find out how Mark Lucas, a South Australian farmer, makes use of scientific research and innovative chefs to create a market for a new native plant food product.

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Decreasing snowfalls threaten pygmy-possum

The Mountain Pygmy-possum spends winter hibernating beneath snow at temperatures of two degrees. But what could happen to the species if there is little or no snow blanket to hibernate beneath? Watch this clip to find out.

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Monarch marathon: winging it to warmer weather

When Monarch Butterfly caterpillars hatch from their tiny eggs, they must get ready to travel thousands of kilometres to escape the cold winter weather. See how these caterpillars change and grow to make this long journey possible.

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How will fire change the climate?

Considering the impact of a changing climate on the severity and frequency of fires is one thing, but how about the impact of fires on climate? Why does Professor David Bowman describe this scenario as a 'fire spiral'? What are the consequences of a world with fewer forests? As Professor Craig Allen explains, drought and ...

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It's all in the trunk

Elephants are large, but how large? See how heavy a bull elephant is when its mass is described in numbers of cars or people. An elephant's trunk is a wonderful adaptation - a perfect tool. See why! Find out how elephants communicate using everything from loud trumpeting to low-frequency rumbles.

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New tools to explore the frozen frontier

Scientists are using drones and robots to help them understand more about Antarctic ice. See how the use of these technologies is not only safer but much faster and more efficient.

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Antarctica: changes in seasons

Watch historic footage of winter in the coldest continent on Earth as Dr Phillip Law describes how Antarctica changes with the seasons. See the force and effects of Antarctic blizzards. Watch the return of spring. The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific research ...

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Penguin wave better than a group hug!

Emperor penguins form a big, tightly packed huddle to keep warm in Antarctica, the coldest and windiest continent on Earth. But how do the ones on the outside of the huddle keep warm? Find out about a clever way of ensuring that no penguin is left out in the cold.

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Veggies in the desert - I'd like to see that!

There's a huge greenhouse in Flinders Ranges desert country that uses solar energy and water from the sea to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables. Watch this clip to find out about this world-first food production system. It may just be the future of farming edible crops around the world.

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Wheat: from the UK with love

Not since colonial times has Australia imported wheat from the United Kingdom. Watch this clip to find out why Australia turned to Britain and the USA in 2002 for supplies of grain that are traditionally grown in abundance on home soil.

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Antarctic survival and rescue: a re-enactment

Australian scientist Tim Jarvis set out to re-create one of greatest tales of survival and rescue in the history of science. Watch as he shares stories from his 2013 voyage. Learn about early Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and his ill-fated expedition, which set out in 1914.

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Management of the northern savanna

Around the world, tropical savannas are in serious trouble. This clip from 2007 explores the use of Aboriginal technology for sustainable management of the environment in Australia's huge northern tropical savanna. Hear from two environmental scientists why traditional fire-management practices may reduce the incidence ...

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Farms and people's connections to them

This is a teacher resource containing a sequence of activities for investigating farms and the connections that diverse groups of people have to them. It contains material to assist planning, implementing and assessing a study of different Australian farms, the primary resources that come from farms, and connections that ...

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History in place

This is a website about the History in Place program which aims to use digital technology to connect teachers and students with their local history or heritage. The resource has three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are 16 Story Objects, all videos that were produced ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Twilight zone

In this sequence of learning, students investigate the significant variation in sunlight hours that occur across Antarctica and in comparison to other locations on Earth. They interpret graphs of daylight hours and compare daylight and darkness received by places at different locations across Antarctica, Australia and the ...

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Collecting and analysing climate data

The Bureau of Meteorology records temperatures daily at around 700 sites in Australia. There are also around 6000 sites that report rainfall information. Why is long term monitoring of weather important? What insights can this sort of data give scientists?

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Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area: vineyards

The McWilliam's Wines Group has been growing wine in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) for almost 100 years. In this clip from late 2012, listen to members of the McWilliam family describe how the industry was established, the reasons for choosing that region and the need to incorporate sustainable practices.