Geography / Year 9 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Biomes and food security

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Curriculum content descriptions

Distribution and characteristics of biomes as regions with distinctive climates, soils, vegetation and productivity (ACHGK060)

Elaborations
  • identifying and describing the major aquatic and terrestrial biomes of Australia and the world, and their spatial distribution
  • examining the influence of climate on biomass production (as measured by net primary productivity) in different biomes
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Climate,  Environmental influences,  Vegetation,  Biomass (Ecosystems)

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Key climate groups in Australia

This is a map of Australia showing the location of its six key climate groups: Equatorial, Tropical, Subtropical, Desert, Grasslands and Temperate. It was developed by the Bureau of Meteorology and there are links to a map of subdivisions within the key groups and to an information page about climate classification. The ...

Teacher resource

Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre

This is an inquiry-based unit of work focusing on primary production practices for food, fibre and timber . It contains five sequences of individual, group and class activities in which students engage with the world's biomes and what they produce; explore human alteration of biomes and three food and fibre sectors; explain ...

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Food 4 Thought: Geography

This is a series of student activities about world food production and the challenges to global food security. The activities are organised in five lessons that focus on the facts of world food production, the role of world biomes in producing food; the challenge of climate change; the effect of competition for land and ...

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Food security in Australia

How much food does Australia produce, and what does this mean for food security in Australia? Watch this clip to find out about the factors that influence food production and crop yields, and also about the role that science and technology play. How will future population growth affect global food production and security?

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Subdivisions within the key climate groups in Australia

This is a map showing the location of 26 subdivisions of the six key climate groups of Australia; for example, the Tropical group is subdivided into rainforest (persistently wet), rainforest (monsoonal) and savanna. It was developed by the Bureau of Meteorology and there are links to a map of the key climate groups and ...

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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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Oceans are the great providers

Did you know that the world's oceans provide the oxygen for every second breath you take? While oceans represent the largest habitat on Earth, they remain relatively unexplored. What is clear is that the oceans play a major role in shaping life on this planet. Watch this clip and prepare to be amazed!

Interactive Resource

EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

This is an interactive website about Australia's savannas. It has four main sections providing information about where tropical savannas are located across the world; the importance of termites in Australia's tropical savannas ecosystem; the lifecycle of the termite; and the research being conducted in Australia's savannas. ...

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Researching produce in the local region: producer video

This is a video about the food produce of the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. Presented by Hilary Ellis, Food Ambassador for the region, it shows food being produced and then sold in farmers' markets as she describes how the characteristics of various regions affect what is grown and produced there. She details ...

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Medicines from the sea

This video resource is about the search for new medicines sourced from marine organisms, and recent breakthroughs in this research. The video explains that bacteria are becoming resistant to many current antibiotics, primarily obtained from land plants, so scientists are turning to the biodiversity of the ocean for new ...

Teacher resource

GeogSpace: year 9 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and four illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The four illustrations relate to two units of study in the Australian Curriculum: Geography. Biomes and food security draws on the concepts of environment, place, space and sustainability through ...

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Farms have distinctive features: producer video

This is a video about action for sustainability on the Willalooka Pastoral Company's property in South Australia. Owner Thyne McGregor describes the natural characteristics of the extensive property in terms of its rainfall, soil quality and the Marcollat Watercourse. He tells how the property was originally cleared for ...

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Protecting coral reefs

This is a video resource describing mapping work being carried out by the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) to help conserve coral reef ecosystems, which are very vulnerable to changes in the marine environment. The video shows the team carrying out an underwater survey of fish and habitat in Buck Island Reef ...

Teacher resource

The mountain-pygmy possum: On the edge

In this series of tasks, students identify habitats for the endangered mountain pygmy-possum, and use Geographic Information System (GIS) and geographical techniques to identify preferred survey sites and to estimate population numbers. The resource focuses on the biophysical environment of suitable alpine habitats; students ...

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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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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.

Interactive Resource

EnviroNorth: outback mobs learning module

This is a multilayered website about the outback. It includes an interactive tool titled Outback Mobs and a unit of work for teachers. The unit of work includes a teaching guide; curriculum links; and a bookshelf listing non-fiction and narrative books about the pastoral industry in northern Australia. The interactive component ...

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EnviroNorth: soils of the savannas

This is a website about the soil in Australia's tropical savannas. It provides information about the formation of soil; the process of soils losing and regaining nutrients; different soil types; characteristics of savanna soils; impacts of soil on grazing; and a glossary of soil terms. Images and maps support the information. ...

Dataset

ABS: agricultural resource management practices, Australia, 2011-12

This is a digital resource containing data on various agricultural practices used on Australian farms, and was collected in a 2011-2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics survey. This resource provides information about farming practices including pasture and crop cultivation, livestock and feral animal management, fertiliser ...

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Bali and Sumba - paradise versus poverty

We all know the idyllic paradise called Bali, but have you ever heard of its poorer neighbour, the Indonesian island of Sumba, where the people struggle to grow food to eat? Watch this clip to learn about environmental conditions and agricultural challenges there. Find out also what people in Sumba are doing to prepare ...