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Dermot Henry talks about how earthquakes occur, 2009

This is a video of Dermot Henry, a geologist at Museum Victoria, speaking about earthquakes and how they occur. The video was made in 2009.

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Some mountains are still growing!

Did you know that the mountains of New Zealand are still slowly growing higher and that Australia is gradually moving towards the equator? Discover how the forces constantly at work within the Earth's crust continue to bring change at the surface. Learn through models how rocks are bent and folded or sometimes crack and ...

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Earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 and above, last seven days - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map, showing a real-time feed of earthquakes that have occurred over the past seven days. 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 they ...

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Plate tectonics and earth structure - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea introduces students to geology. They learn about the Earth's structure and theories of plate tectonics. Students are supported in making links between plate tectonics and geological features and events. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.



This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories: fault lines, causes and effects of earthquakes, and tectonic plates. The collection contains images of fault lines, several learning objects that investigate tectonic forces and plate movements, and a learning object in which students ...

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Earthquakes in and around Australia - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map of Australia, showing earthquakes in and around Australia. 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 they can also search for images. ...

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Rock layers under Parliament House, Canberra

Imagine if Australia's Parliament House was built on an ocean! Watch this clip to find out about the rock layers of Canberra's Capital Hill, some of which contain ancient rocks that formed deep on the ocean floor. Dr Paul Willis from Catalyst takes you on a brief tour of what he calls the 'fractured foundations' on which ...

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Earthquakes and volcanoes

What is the common link between earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves? Watch the damage caused by these catastrophic events and explore evidence that the Earth's continents have moved and are constantly moving. Find out the role that forming 'a new crust' plays in this movement.

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Piecing together the puzzle of plate tectonics

In this clip, seismologist Roderick Stewart provides some firsthand information about data that helps us understand volcanic and earthquake activity. Find out the link between tectonic plate theory and seismology's study of the location of earthquakes and volcanoes. See how seismology helps us to understand Earth's structure.

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This learning object provides an introduction to the study of geology. Simple animations provide information about the inner structure of the Earth and the formation of tectonic plates; earthquakes; volcanoes and tsunamis. Each object includes a world map that shows diaster ‘hot spots’ where an a PDF document ‘The story ...

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Earthquake catalogue

View past earthquakes around the work including by using Google Earth. Search the catalgue and select preset options including magnitude, time period and geographic region. Options to chose the most appropriate output include the default clickable map and list format; CSV(spreadsheet-friendly) or KML (required for Google ...

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Natural disasters

This is a teaching and learning resource containing teacher resources, student activities and worksheets on Earth science topics including natural disasters and geology. The teacher resources include five pages of links to Earth science related websites. The collection of student activities covers a range of topics and ...

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QuakeFeed earthquake map

This is a rich interactive iPad app resource providing recent information about earthquakes around the world. The resource presents a world map showing countries, oceans, earthquake tectonic-plate lines and recent earthquake activity from the past week measuring above 2.5 in magnitude. Tools are provided to access further ...

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Disaster preparedness

This is a compilation of four teaching sequences about disasters and disaster preparation. It includes sections on types of disasters; their effects on people and the environment; disaster preparation; earthquake preparedness in Indonesia; emergency response; disaster recovery and the causes and consequences of disasters. ...

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Sites2See – earthquakes

Resources on the topic of earthquakes to help explore the human and physical dimensions. Links to maps and interactive activities on plate tectonics, with a particular focus on the Caribbean plate, the movement of which caused the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, and links to news and information about the ...

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Tectonic plates move slowly with massive results

The Earth's tectonic plates move just a few millimetres every year. It may not sound like much, but over time it's enough to create some amazing landforms at the plate boundaries. Take a look at how scientists track this movement and find out where the biggest plate movements occur.

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The Circle: geology

Explore the geological history of Antarctica. Notice the Antarctic continent is thought to have drifted south from the equator. Look at the origins of landforms such as mountains, glaciers and icebergs. Compare fossils found in locations around Antarctica and Australia. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning ...



This collection of ten digital curriculum resources about tsunamis is organised into four categories: aftermath of the 2004 tsunami; victim identification; developing ideas to assist tsunami survivors; and tectonic plates. There are images of destruction in Banda Aceh and Thailand, and of a scientist displaying DNA results ...



This collection of 18 digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories - active volcanoes, effects of volcanic eruptions, a volcano on Mars, and tectonic plates. There are images of well-known active volcanoes and volcanic effects, learning objects that enable investigation of tectonic forces and plate movements ...


Pseudofossils: concretions and dendrites

This is an information sheet providing an introduction to different varieties of rocks and minerals that might be mistaken for fossils. It is also available as a two-page pdf file for download.