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How do we mine coal?: open-cut processes

Find out how coal is mined by the open-cut process. Watch a short video describing the steps involved, from the loosening of the soil and rock above the coal by blasting with explosives, to the transportation of the uncovered coal to the coal preparation plant.

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How is coal formed?

Find out how coal is formed. Watch an animation that explains how, during the geologic period called the Permian, plant material accumulated in water and was buried by sediments where heat and pressure transformed it from the spongy substance known as peat to the hard carbon material known as coal.

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How do we mine coal?: underground processes

Find out how coal is mined underground. Watch a short video that describes a form of underground mining called longwall mining, used to extract coal that is too deep for open-cut mining. A combination of filmed and animated footage shows how two long, parallel tunnels are cut by a continuous miner. These are linked by a ...

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Mine rehabilitation

Find out how mine sites are rehabilitated after mining has finished. Watch a short video, filmed at the Gregory Crinum open-cut mine in central Queensland, showing the steps involved in rehabilitating a site where open-cut mining has taken place. It shows how the overburden from spoil piles is contoured by bulldozers, covered ...

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How do we use coal?

Find out how many things in your life depend on coal. This short video details some of the common uses of coal, such as in the production of cosmetics, plastics and steel as well as in power stations to generate electricity.

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Low-emission energy future

Find out about the technologies that can reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions. This resource consists of an animated video accompanied by an interactive landscape activity. The video focuses on technologies that can reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, as well as renewable energy and improved ...

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Coal-fired power stations

Find out how a coal-fired power station makes electricity. This animated video in 11 parts shows the components and processes in a coal-fired power station. The narration explains what happens at each stage. Most of the statistical information and examples relate to locations in Queensland.

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A mine blast

This short video shows an explosive blast at a Queensland open-cut coal mine. It shows the highwall of the mine before detonations travel rapidly along it, throwing dust and debris into the pit.

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Construction of a 797B dump haul truck

Find out how the huge vehicles used to haul coal are assembled. This is a video showing the construction of a 797B Caterpillar 345t truck on site at the Anglo Coal Dawson open-cut coal mine in central Queensland accompanied by a rock instrumental soundtrack. Numerous workers are shown in action.

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Queensland's rockstars

This is a video showing a collection of young people in the Queensland mining industry who talk about their lives and careers.

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797B dump haul truck

Find out how massive a coal-hauling dump truck is. This is a video in which an animated character called Ette introduces one of the giants of the mining industry: the massive 345-tonne Caterpillar rear dump truck. As Ette provides data on the truck, the figures are superimposed on video of the truck.

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Becoming a marine scientist

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Dr Miles Lamare discussing his reasons for becoming a marine scientist. He also discusses some of his experiences and career highlights. The clip shows Dr Lamare being interviewed at his laboratory at a New Zealand university. There are also images taken in Antarctica including ...

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Bryozoans' role in the ecosystem

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Associate Professor Abby Smith discussing the role bryozoans play in marine ecosystems. The clip shows Abby Smith, a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand, being interviewed. The clip also shows underwater photos of bryozoans, fish and corals.

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Bryozoan research

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Associate Professor Abby Smith discussing some of her past and present research projects involving bryozoans, and her changing approach to scientific investigation. The clip shows Associate Professor Abby Smith from the University of Otago, New Zealand, being interviewed. ...

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Farmland run-off into estuaries

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Dr Candida Savage discussing nutrient run-off from farmland, and the effects it has on estuaries and other coastal environments. The clip shows Dr Savage, from the University of Otago, New Zealand, being interviewed. It also shows images of houses on the banks of estuaries, ...

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Electronically tagging sea stars

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Dr Miles Lamare describing the process used to electronically tag sea stars. The clip shows Dr Lamare, from a New Zealand university, being interviewed. It also shows footage of Dr Lamare in the laboratory attaching a tag to a sea star; as well as sea stars moving in water ...

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Cockles' role in food webs

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Stephen Wing, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, discussing the role cockles ('Austrovenus stutchburyi') play in marine food webs in New Zealand. (Classification - Phylum: Mollusca; Class: Bivalvia; Order: Veneroida; Family Veneridae.)

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Studying bryozoans

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Abby Smith discussing her interest in bryozoans. The clip shows Smith, a researcher at the University of Otago in New Zealand, being interviewed. The clip also shows some images of bryozoans.

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New Zealand's marine environment

This is a colour video clip of a marine scientist, Dr Candida Savage, discussing the large variety of different habitats within New Zealand's marine environment. Dr Savage is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Ocean acidification

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Abby Smith discussing the process of ocean acidification and the effects on marine animals. Smith is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand. The clip also shows some marine animals, and some activities that have led to ocean acidification including ...