Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Environmental change and management

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Curriculum content descriptions

Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)

Elaborations
  • discussing the concept of sustainability in relation to environmental functions
  • identifying human-induced environmental changes (for example, water and atmospheric pollution; loss of biodiversity; degradation of land, inland and coastal aquatic environments) and discussing the challenges they pose for sustainability
  • evaluating the concept of ecosystem services and the importance of these services for sustainability of biodiversity
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Pollution,  Environmental sustainability,  Climate change,  Biogeochemical cycles,  Biodiversity

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Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...

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Discover Natural Fibres Initiative

This is a digital resource containing information, videos and images that highlight natural fibres. It looks at the uses of a range of plant and animal fibres such as flax, jute, silk and cashmere, and considers characteristics, production and sustainability. The resource profiles 15 of the world's major fibres, and contains ...

Interactive Resource

Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

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Interactive maps

Interactive Maps is a discovery and exploration view of Geoscience Australia's geospatial services. Maps are organised under the following themes: Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS); Earth observation and satellite imagery, National location information; Geology and geophysics; Hazards; Marine and coastal; ...

Interactive Resource

Water use and efficiency – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on water use and efficiency using the five step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

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Coastal ecosystems

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource about Great Barrier Reef (GBR) coastal ecosystems looks at the 14 coastal ecosystems that provide a range of ecological services to support the Reef. It covers GBR coastal ecosystem loss, the pressures faced by these ecosystems, including population growth ...

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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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Climate change

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource explains how climate change causes ocean acidification, sea level rise and temperature increase and threaten the long-term health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It examines impacts on GBR species and habitats, as well as communities and industries that rely ...

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Restoring coral reefs

This is a video resource describing efforts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to restore coral reefs damaged by pollution, disease, climate change and ship groundings in the Caribbean and Florida Keys. The video explains that the natural building blocks of reefs in these areas are staghorn and ...

Interactive Resource

Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

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Remaining impacts from fishing

This resource about the impacts of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) website. The introduction explains that fishing is the principal extractive use of the Great Barrier Reef targeting a range of species including fish, sharks, crabs and prawns, ...

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Save our catchment – virtual excursion

This virtual excursion offers twelve video lessons that form a sample investigation of pest species invading Australian riparian zones. Filmed on Bundjalung Country, the excursion traverses mid north coast NSW Upper Clarence River Catchment, connecting each video to companion classroom and field learning tasks. The invasive, ...

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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

Climate 4 classrooms

This resource is a teaching and learning website about the large-scale features that determine climate and climate change, and the impact of predicted climate change on different parts of the world. There are 11 topics that are designed to develop students' understanding of the challenges and processes of predicting climate ...

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The cost of Dhaka's booming textile industry

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, low-cost labour has created a booming textile industry employing millions of people. But there is a downside. Find out why environmental protection is virtually non-existent and the consequences of this lack of protection.

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Fire's role in the Australian environment

Fire: friend or enemy? In southern Australia, prescribed (controlled) burns aim to lessen fuel loads and to protect towns and cities. In 2010, a Victorian Royal Commission recommended an increase in prescribed burns, but they remain controversial. During this clip a prominent historian speaks about the pattern of burning ...

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Declining water quality

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource is about the declining water quality of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) due to the impacts of floods, run-off from 35 major catchments, and mining and water barriers such as dams. The resource describes the vulnerability of the GBR ecosystem to increased concentrations ...

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Can coral reefs survive?

Coral reefs are one of the world's most diverse ecosystems and they're often called the 'rainforests of the oceans'. Find out where the world's coral reefs are concentrated and why they are so important for marine life, the coastal environment and people. Also discover some of the threats to coral reefs around the world.

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Reef of life

This clip argues that every day the wellbeing of millions of people is dependent on the existence of healthy coral reefs. Through a stunning series of underwater videos and photographs find out more about current threats to coral reefs and how individual's actions on land can make a difference to the overall health of the ...

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Ocean energy

This is a resource about ocean energy that includes sections on Tidal energy, Wave energy, Ocean thermal energy, World ocean energy market, and Australia's ocean energy resources. Links on the right-hand side of the resource provide additional related resources including publications and websites. The resource is part of ...