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Fungi: how they grow

If a mushroom is not a plant, what is it? Discover a group of living things that are neither animals nor plants. Explore the mysterious world of fungi and find out the conditions that they need before they can grow.

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Ways to catch and eat fish

Discover the many ways that people eat fish. Watch how the fish called tuna are caught and made ready for sale. Find out how some tuna is farmed and how the tuna farmer meets the needs of these tuna.

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The Merri Creek Project

Find out about the native plants and animals found at a local creek, and about introduced plants (weeds) that are impacting this natural habitat. View this clip called 'The Merri Creek Project', created by young reporters from North Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live ...

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Indigenous eel farming

Discover a method for catching eels while watching how archaeologist Dr Heather Builth works scientifically, at Lake Condah to determine whether the Gunditjmara community were truly nomadic or used advanced farming techniques to support their way of life.

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Fossils and the evolution of life

Have you ever wondered how scientists know when the early mammals appeared on Earth, or how long ago dinosaurs died out? Watch this clip to discover the role of fossils, and the rocks they are found in, in revealing the order and history of life on Earth. This clip takes you to fossil sites in Queensland; and to Shark Bay ...

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Monsoon rains spark explosion of life in Kakadu

The animals of Kakadu National Park live in a landscape dominated by tropical woodlands and expansive wetlands. These wetlands appear each wet season after the monsoon rains, and animals are drawn together here to feed and mate. Kakadu, a place of extreme seasonal change and incredible wildlife, attracts many visitors from ...

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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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Prehistoric Wollemi Pine discovered

The 1994 discovery of the Wollemi Pine in the Blue Mountains was a momentous event, but the story doesn't end there. This ancient 'living fossil' species is millions of years old but was on the brink of extinction. Watch this clip to explore the remote canyon environments where it grows and find out about the remarkable ...

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Lake Eyre bursts into life

Watch and be amazed at how Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is transformed from a dry salt pan to a vast lake bursting with life. Find out what attracts thousands of pelicans to this region from thousands of kilometres away.

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Weddell seals: how close is too close?

Australian scientists are trying to find out how human contact affects the stress levels of Antarctica's Weddell seals. But how do these very large mammals show signs of stress? Check out the observations made and data collected for this study of animal behaviour.

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Animal habitats: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this series of activities, students investigate animal habitats. They learn that habitats are places that provide many of the needs of living things and so contribute to their survival.

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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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Elephant evolution

The elephant, the largest land mammal, is believed to have evolved from an aquatic pig-like animal. Many of its ancestors, such as the woolly mammoth, have become extinct, but three species of elephants remain. Find out to which marine animals elephants are thought to be closely related.

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Antarctica

The first recorded expedition to Antarctica was in 1821. It was a place where no human lived. Thanks to the work of explorers and scientists we know a lot about the frozen continent.

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Protecting exposed lake beds during drought

Visit the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River in 2009. Step onto the dried-out lake floor and watch what the wind does to the sand. How can planting rye grass help to stop erosion and to control a toxic environment in the mud beneath the sand? Find out in this clip.

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Working hard to save a rare cockatoo

Conservation-minded volunteers have been planting trees near Hume, NSW, to help re-establish a continuous habitat for the Glossy Black Cockatoo. This rare species is currently listed as vulnerable in the ACT and NSW. Find out about this cockatoo and how a dedicated band of volunteers is helping to provide the habitat it needs.

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Murray River crayfish

What is a 'baited remote underwater video station'? Often the most innovative scientific research is used to identify living things under the threat of extinction. Watch this clip to learn more about the shy but curious Murray River crayfish and the scientists intent on ensuring its survival.

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Digging palaeontology

Palaeontologists piece together what ancient life looked like by observing fossilised remains, like an insect from 20 million years ago, dino droppings, tracks and egg shells.

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Field Guide to NSW Fauna - Google Play app

View descriptions of NSW fauna together with maps of distribution, images and endangered species rating. Animals are grouped by mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, birds or insects and other invertebrates. Info pages include images and animal sounds. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Field guide to Victorian Fauna - Google play app

View descriptions of Victorian fauna together with maps of distribution, images and endangered species rating. Animals are grouped by mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, birds or insects and other invertebrates. Info pages include images and animal sounds. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.