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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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'Frog atlas' for South Australia - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing where frog species are found in South Australia, and is known as the 'Frog atlas'. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and ...

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Management of the northern savanna

Around the world, tropical savannas are in serious trouble. This clip from 2007 explores the use of Aboriginal technology for sustainable management of the environment in Australia's huge northern tropical savanna. Hear from two environmental scientists why traditional fire-management practices may reduce the incidence ...

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Cambrian fossils on Kangaroo Island

All fossils provide interesting clues to what life on Earth was once like, but there is something quite unique about the fossils found at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Watch this clip to find out why.

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Declining forests of Giant Kelp

Imagine diving between giant kelp that reach more than 30 metres from the bottom of the ocean to the surface. The east coast of Tasmania is one of the few places in the world where these underwater forests exist. But how much longer will they survive? Watch this clip to find out why these magnificent ecosystems are disappearing ...

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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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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Global assessment of ecosystems

Have you heard of a global warning system for ecosystems? Watch this clip to find out about a system for assessing all the ecosystems around the world - and what it means for Australia. You will find out about the Murray-Darling Basin and other important Australian ecosystems, as well as the status of the Aral Sea in Central Asia.

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Saving the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Discover the tiny Mountain Pygmy-possum and find out what scientists are doing to try to save it from extinction. Learn about the possum and why it is endangered, and watch some research being conducted out in the field and in a laboratory. The clip includes footage of this rare and endangered native Australian animal in the wild.

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Caving for fossils

Imagine the enthusiasm of Australian paleontologists when they heard about the discovery of three caves in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain. Watch this clip to find out just what was discovered in the caves and why it is so significant.

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An island where warm waters meet cool

Lord Howe Island lies off the east coast of Australia where warm, tropical seas meet cool currents from the south. Here, a mix of fish suited to warmer waters live together with fish suited to the cooler southern waters. Lord Howe Island has many reasons to be protected, such as being home to the world's most southern coral ...

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Lord Howe Island's many faces

Lord Howe Island is the remains of an extinct volcano located off Australia's east coast. It has mountainous peaks, dense rainforests, sandy beaches and lagoons complete with coral reefs. See some of the many different animals and plants that can be found on Lord Howe Island. You'll see why it's protected by World Heritage ...

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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.

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GM foods: pros and cons

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of growing genetically modified crops on a farm. Explore possible effects on public health, biodiversity and the economy. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Eco farm

Take on the role of farm manager. Discover the different habitats and communities found on farmland. Make decisions about the management of four areas on the farm (cropped and grazed paddocks, woodland remnants, dams and creeks) to increase profits while improving biodiversity. For example, you can choose to leave paddock ...

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...

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GM foods: future choice

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of growing genetically modified crops on a farm. Compare the characteristics of genetically modified and non-genetically modified canola. Explore possible effects on public health, biodiversity and the economy. Recommend whether or not to grow genetically modified canola. This ...

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Son of a Lion, 2007: The words of the prophet

This clip shows Niaz, an 11-year-old Pashtun boy, asking Agha Jaan, a kite-flying artist, to read a letter from Niaz's cousin in Peshawar. The cousin describes a recent visit to the cinema. Agha Jaan encourages Niaz to learn to read, explaining that the attainment of knowledge is central to the teachings of Islam. He advises ...

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Son of a Lion , 2007: The sound of music

This clip shows conflict between Niaz, an 11-year old Pashtun boy, and his father, who has strict moral and religious views. The opening scene shows Niaz drawn to a youth playing a traditional Afghan stringed instrument called a rababah. The scene cuts to Niaz's uncle trying unsuccessfully to persuade Niaz's father to send ...