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Food security in Australia

How much food does Australia produce, and what does this mean for food security in Australia? Watch this clip to find out about the factors that influence food production and crop yields, and also about the role that science and technology play. How will future population growth affect global food production and security?

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Timor-Leste: feeding the hungry

It is often hard for a developing country to grow enough food to feed its population. In this clip you'll see the challenges encountered by the growing nation of Timor-Leste (East Timor). Listen to an AusAID organiser and the East Timorese president describe the importance of food, and the heartbreak of a hungry nation.

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Bali and Sumba - paradise versus poverty

We all know the idyllic paradise called Bali, but have you ever heard of its poorer neighbour, the Indonesian island of Sumba, where the people struggle to grow food to eat? Watch this clip to learn about environmental conditions and agricultural challenges there. Find out also what people in Sumba are doing to prepare ...

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Wheat: from the UK with love

Not since colonial times has Australia imported wheat from the United Kingdom. Watch this clip to find out why Australia turned to Britain and the USA in 2002 for supplies of grain that are traditionally grown in abundance on home soil.

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Veggies in the desert - I'd like to see that!

There's a huge greenhouse in Flinders Ranges desert country that uses solar energy and water from the sea to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables. Watch this clip to find out about this world-first food production system. It may just be the future of farming edible crops around the world.

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Down on the mussel farm in Tasmania

Australia's largest and deepest mussel farm is located in the pristine waters on Tasmania's east coast. Watch this clip to find out about blue-lipped mussels growing in Spring Bay Seafoods' 1,700 hectare farm and the aquatic environment that supports them. This is a farm quite unlike most farms you may be familiar with.

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Growing up in the Ord River Valley

Katie Innes takes us on a trip back in time to where she grew up. She shows us a series of photographs from the Ord River Valley near Kununurra, in Western Australia. Over the years people have made major changes to the environment in this place. Katie wonders whether all of their efforts will prove worthwhile in the long run. 

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Eroding more than sand in coastal towns

In English coastal villages, erosion by wind and waves has washed away great swathes of land. What drives this process? Can anything be done to protect people's homes against the merciless power of the elements?

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Race against time: preserving Ngan'gi bush lore

For over two decades, scientists and elders in the Northern Territory's Daly River region have been recording the traditional knowledge of the Ngen'giwumirri and Ngan'gikurunggurr people. Information about more than 560 plants and animals has been collected so far. Few Ngen'giwumirri and Ngan'gikurunggurr elders are still ...

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Patterns of El Nino and La Nina

Australia's rainfall is best described as 'unreliable'. Long periods of drought can quickly give way to extensive floods. This clip uses animations to help you understand how the El Nino and La Nina phenomena contribute to Australia's climate patterns.

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More than just floating around the ocean

Why do scientists research ocean conditions such as temperature and salinity? These things can tell us a lot about global climate and sea changes, which impact many people. This animation describes an international research program deploying robotic profiling floats (Argo floats) that collect ocean data. Discover where ...

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Daisies describe an ecosystem

Ecosystems are affected by many factors including increasing temperatures, which many scientists believe threaten natural systems on Earth today. This creative clip uses a theoretical world of black and white daisies to show how changes to the natural reflectivity of a planet's surface impacts temperatures and populations. ...

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Keeping up with carbon

What is the carbon cycle and how does it affect climate? Find out in this fascinating clip from NASA, produced to celebrate Earth Science Week 2009.

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Location, location, location - teacher resource

This resource provides learning strategies and sequenced activities to develop geographical terminology and encourage the use of geographical tools as students describe and compare the natural and human characteristics of places. A collection of photographs is included in the resource as stimulus material. Part 1 examines ...

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Shaping the Earth's surface

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories: processes and changes over geological time; tectonic events in recent history; natural environmental processes; and consequences of altering the Earth's surface. Learning objects, images and videos demonstrate changes throughout the Earth's ...

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Medicines from the sea

This video resource is about the search for new medicines sourced from marine organisms, and recent breakthroughs in this research. The video explains that bacteria are becoming resistant to many current antibiotics, primarily obtained from land plants, so scientists are turning to the biodiversity of the ocean for new ...

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Protecting the habitat of the manatee and the loggerhead turtle

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities about the effects of environmental features and land use on the comfort, safety and health of manatees and loggerhead turtles in Belize. The resource has seven tabs, six of which are relevant. The first four set out the steps in the ...

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Indigenous seasonal descriptions

This is an information page with text and a comparative table about how Aboriginal peoples in various parts of Australia name and describe the seasons. The text points out that the European classification of seasons doesn’t work for Australia’s climatic diversity and that Aboriginal conceptualisations of the seasonal cycle ...

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Indigenous Science: shell middens and fish traps

This is an article about Aboriginal shell middens along the Queensland coast and the information they provide about Aboriginal food collection practices. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes how shell middens were created over thousands of years ...

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Wild backyards: digital stories

This an online series of three short digital stories produced by the Queensland Museum entitled 'Wild backyards' in which experts explain how they made backyards more attractive to native wildlife. Links to Brisbane, Roma and Innisfail provide information on three different types of backyard. Each digital story includes ...