Science / Year 10 / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)

Elaborations
  • investigating how human activity affects global systems
  • modelling a cycle, such as the water, carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus cycle within the biosphere
  • explaining the causes and effects of the greenhouse effect
  • investigating the effect of climate change on sea levels and biodiversity
  • considering the long-term effects of loss of biodiversity
  • investigating currently occurring changes to permafrost and sea ice and the impacts of these changes
  • examining the factors that drive the deep ocean currents, their role in regulating global climate, and their effects on marine life
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Atmosphere,  Earth structure,  Biogeochemical cycles

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Ecological effects of bushfires

Did you know that Australia is the most flammable continent on Earth? Watch this clip to discover how bushfires impact natural ecosystems, and how the increasing global threat of bushfires may affect Australia. Australian scientists explain the ecological consequences of fire and a US expert describes his concerns for the future.

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Deep ocean volcanoes

This is a video resource about the discovery of the deepest ocean volcano to date - the West Mata submarine volcano between Samoa, Fiji and Tonga - which is more than 1000 metres beneath the ocean surface. The video features footage of the erupting volcano, with lava believed to be among the hottest on Earth, and shows ...

Teacher resource

Water: learn it for life! - year 7 science

This PDF unit of work is one of a series of resources accessible by searching the list in the series.It includes two teaching and learning sequences: 'Water journeys' focuses on the water cycle, and 'Pure water' focuses on the processes and people involved in creating and managing drinkable water. It provides Australian ...

Interactive Resource

Oresome world

This interactive resource takes students on a journey of discovery in the energy and mining world. Oresome world contains five games or modules: Coal, Energy, Gas, Low emissions and Mining, and within each of these there are several facilities to explore, such as the Underground mining site, Hydroelectric power station, ...

Interactive Resource

Sites2See: What is climate change?

A page to address the question What is climate change? from the definition, to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the foremost authority, and selected links covering aspects of that question with games, graphics, activities, information sites, resource packs and video interviews, for teachers and students. ...

Interactive Resource

Sites2See: The carbon cycle and us

Internet resources to help students understand the global carbon cycle and humans' contribution to it.

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Coastal Adaptation: Coastal Climate Change Science

This resource is a video about the science associated with climate change. It explains the causes, estimates the extent and identifies some of the risks associated with sea level rise. The consequences of inundation of low-lying areas and beach erosion, and the impact on ecosystems and species are discussed. The video describes ...

Teacher resource

National study guides: Sustainability and Food security- Years 7-10

This is a website containing a range of study guides on sustainability in food production and food security, they include: Water: our most precious resource; Biodiversity: protecting the environment; Greener farming: protecting the environment; Animal health: the science of healthy animals: and Food for the future: Farming ...

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Polar bear survival

Do you know what is threatening the survival of the world's largest land carnivore? Watch this clip of a polar bear as it moves across the Arctic ice, and find out about what is happening in its icy world. The World Wildlife Fund's Margaret Williams explains the feeding habits and adaptations of the polar bear, and identifies ...

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Aboriginal fire knowledge reduces greenhouse gases

Come on an eye-opening trip to Western Arnhem Land in northern Australia to find out how Aboriginal fire-control techniques are used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tonnes.On the trip you will also find out how exploding ping-pong balls are used to create low greenhouse gas firebreaks at the right time ...

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Keeping up with carbon

What is the carbon cycle and how does it affect climate? Find out in this fascinating clip from NASA, produced to celebrate Earth Science Week 2009.

Interactive resource

The Circle: Antarctic issues

Explore how human activities impact on the Antarctic ecosystem. Compare opinions on climate change, the ozone hole and whaling. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.

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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 ...

Teacher resource

Biodiversity and the Great Barrier Reef teacher resource booklet

This is a teaching and learning resource that contains over 40 pages of student resources and a number of teacher resources about the biology, chemistry and environmental pressures of coral reef and marine ecosystems. The student resources include worksheets, investigations and structured discussions on a range of topics, ...

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Megafires

Are we approaching the 'age of megafires'? It might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but some scientists believe there is cause for concern. Watch this clip to find out how bushfires as we know them are changing. Discover why.

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Water recycling

This 11 minute video segment from Catalyst provides an excellent explanation of the processes involved in recycling sewage for an urban water supply. It also provides a range of opinions and concerns in an excellent debate on the topic.

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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Carbon and the origins of crude oil

Follow a carbon atom as the central character in a story about crude oil. Watch as this ancient chemical that has existed since the dawn of time is recycled through all life forms, oceans, rocks and the atmosphere. See the origins of the vast oil fields on which the modern world now depends.

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Earth needs its atmosphere!

Discover why the atmosphere is crucial to life on Earth. Learn how the atmosphere creates the weather and clouds, and provides blue skies and red sunsets. See how worldwide wind patterns form. View scientists investigating how greenhouse gases have changed over thousands of years, and what the recent dramatic changes could ...

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Coral forests of the deep

This is a video resource describing the discovery of deep-sea corals living up to 3000 metres below the surface of the ocean in cold, dark waters. The video shows examples of deep-sea corals and some of the diverse marine animals, including commercial fish stock, that depend on the habitat provided by the corals. The video ...