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Mapping the sea floor

Hydrographers chart the seabed and coastline, giving ships a map to help them avoid running into underwater trouble. Use this clip as a context for exploring the mapping of the sea floor. Think about scale and how to indicate different depths using contour lines.

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Contours [Flash Player version]

Look at how contour lines are used on maps to represent the shape of landforms. Compare side and top views of geometrical objects such as a cone and a hemisphere. Examine contour lines on a map. Place geometrical objects on a 3D landscape to match the map. Examine geometrical objects on a 3D landscape. Place contours of ...

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Contours: about contours [Flash Player version]

Look at how contour lines are used on maps to represent the shape of landforms. Compare side and top views of geometrical objects such as a cone and a hemisphere. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Contours: mystery shapes [Flash Player version]

Look at how contour lines are used on maps to represent the shape of landforms. Compare side and top views of geometrical objects such as a cone and a hemisphere. Examine geometrical objects on a 3D landscape. Place contours of geometrical objects on a map to match a 3D landscape. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Contours: loony landscapes [Flash Player version]

Look at how contour lines are used on maps to represent the shape of landforms. Compare side and top views of geometrical objects such as a cone and a hemisphere. Examine contour lines on a map. Place geometrical objects on a 3D landscape to match the map. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series ...

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Jewel of the Pacific, 1932: The rat's tale

This black-and-white clip from a travelogue on Lord Howe Island features scenes of a rat hunt for a 'sixpence a tail' bounty. Filmmaker Frank Hurley's animated narration and his plays on words add humour to footage that provides detailed observations of a rat hunt by two women and their dogs as well as close-ups of two ...

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Snowy Mountains Scheme relief map

This is a photograph of a hand-drawn relief map for the proposed Snowy Mountains Scheme from around 1945, showing the dams, tunnels, power stations and canals that would make up the Scheme. A typewritten note attached to the back of the photograph reads 'This photograph is of a relief map of the Snowy Mountains area showing ...

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Map of Hume and Hovell's journey to Port Phillip Bay, 1825

This is a black-and-white map drawn on card backed with linen produced by explorer Hamilton Hume in 1825. Written on the map is: 'Mr Hume's Sketch / of a Tour performed by W. H. Hovell and himself from / Lake George to Port Phillip, Bass's Straits at their own / expense in the years 1824 and 1825 …' The map depicts major ...

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Eastern grey squirrel skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of an eastern grey squirrel ('Sciurus carolinensis'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a black scale line representing 1 cm. (Classification - Phylum: ...