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Coal seam gas

This fact sheet provides information about how coal seam gas or methane is extracted and used as an energy source. It describes several coal seam gas operations in the Bowen and Surat Basins in Queensland. Several photographs and a map of projects in the Surat Basin are also included.

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Gas-fired power

Find out how gas-fired power stations work. This fact sheet describes the generation of electricity in gas-fired power stations, which typically produce 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than conventional coal-fired power plants. Information is provided about the Daandine Power Station located west of Brisbane, which uses ...

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Liquefied natural gas

Find out what liquefied natural gas (LNG) is and how it is produced and used. This is an information sheet describing the characteristics of LNG as well as how LNG is processed, stored, transported and used. It includes an image of an LNG tanker.

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Oil and gas fields in Queensland

This Google Earth interactive map shows the locations of oil, gas and coal seam gas fields in Queensland. Each location is represented by name and an icon corresponding to the type of resource. Select an icon to view key information about the location and operator of the field.

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Using fodder to reduce parasites and pollution

Find out about a surprising approach that could help control cattle parasites and at the same time reduce cattle greenhouse gas emissions. Listen to Associate Professor Phil Vercoe and research fellow Zoe Dermitch explain the biological effects ('bioactive properties') that fodder plants could have on the cattle that graze ...

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Alkenes, alkynes and benzene

Discover double bonds, triple bonds and cyclic molecules. Explore the chemical structure of alkenes, alkynes and a unique aromatic compound known as benzene. Find out how these families of organic compounds differ, and some of their everyday uses.

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Isomers of alkanes

This clip explores the structure and composition of the alkane family and explains the system of naming of chemical compounds. Find out what an isomer is and how they explain the abundance of organic compounds.

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Chemical structure of alkanes

Learn that many fuels belong to a family of hydrocarbons called the alkanes. Find out about the properties of some alkanes. Discover why there is a simple formula for writing the chemical formula of any alkane.

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Do cows or cars impact global warming more?

Carbon dioxide and methane are two greenhouse gases. Cars emit carbon dioxide from their exhaust and cows release methane. So which one has the greater impact on global warming? Find out the facts. See how scientists in Ireland are researching ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Earth Alert

Tune in to a television program exploring environmental issues. Solve four ecological problems involving pest animals and humans: domestic cats, European wasps, sea stars and rural drivers. Get tips for solving environmental problems in your local area.

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Mine rescue

Rescue three miners trapped by fire. Select and test gases to find out which gas will put out the fire and which gas the miners can breathe.

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Ethylene molecule

This is a colour image of a model of a molecule of ethylene, C₂H₄. In this model, atoms are represented by coloured spheres held together by grey rods that represent covalent bonds. The molecule contains two carbon atoms (the black spheres) and four hydrogen atoms (the grey-white spheres).

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Ethane molecule

This is a colour image of a model of a molecule of ethane, C₂H₆. In this model, atoms are represented by coloured spheres held together by grey rods that represent covalent bonds. The molecule contains two carbon atoms (the black spheres) and six hydrogen atoms (the grey-white spheres).

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Propane molecule

This is a colour image of a model of a molecule of propane, C₃H₈. In this model, atoms are represented by coloured spheres held together by grey rods that represent covalent bonds. The molecule contains three carbon atoms (the black spheres) and eight hydrogen atoms (the grey-white spheres).

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Methane molecule

This is a colour image of a model of a molecule of methane, CH₄. In this model, atoms are represented by coloured spheres held together by grey rods that represent covalent bonds. The molecule contains one carbon atom (the black sphere) and four hydrogen atoms (the grey-white spheres).