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Dry dam, Brunchilly, NT, 1958

This is a 1958 black-and-white photograph showing the dried-up Waterdew Dam on Brunchilly Creek, which is located near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, about 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs. There are coolibah trees along the sides of the empty Dam. In the middle distance, a post-and-wire fence can be seen ...

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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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Don't get into a flap about elephant ears

It is now known that three species of elephants live across Africa and Asia: two in Africa and one in Asia. In this clip we look at how elephants from different climates have slightly different features and differ in size. Find out which elephants have the biggest ears and the wrinkliest skin - and why!

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Energy flow in a grassland ecosystem: collection

This is a collection of 35 digital curriculum resources that explores the flow of energy in an ecosystem. The collection comprises 22 images, 9 video clips and 4 interactive simulations that investigate the interrelationships between organisms in a variety of ecosystems, including a grassland ecosystem. The video clips ...

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Energy flow in a grassland ecosystem: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy in an ecosystem, specifically investigating the interrelationships ...

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Energy flow in a grassland ecosystem: learning sequence

In this structured sequence of learning, the context of native grasslands is used to introduce the flow of energy within an ecosystem and explore the ways organisms interact within an ecosystem. Students apply their understandings of energy flows and the ways organisms interact, comparing different ecosystems. Students ...

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Sustaining an ecosystem: learning sequence

This learning sequence provides a range of activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem, specifically investigating ...

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Exploring a grassland ecosystem

This digital resource enables students to explore common animals and plants that inhabit a grassland ecosystem. An overview provides an introduction to grasslands. Students locate 12 organisms hidden in a grassland, and the resource provides information about them. The information includes the organism’s scientific name, ...

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Magnetic structures built by termites, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1950 of a man standing on a plain in the Northern Territory of Australia. There are nine magnetic termite (white ant) towers around him, some of which appear to be twice his height.

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'Desert Tracks', 1991

This is a colour photograph taken at dusk of the rocky landscape and grasslands near Angatja in the Anangu Pitjanjatjara lands in the north-west of South Australia. The photograph was taken during filming of the documentary 'Desert Tracks' in 1991.

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Giant termite mounds in Kakadu National Park, 1989

This is a colour photograph of giant termite mounds or towers in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory. It was taken during the filming of the documentary 'Kakadu Man’ in 1989.

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Tiwi Carbon Study: managing fire for greenhouse gas abatement

This is a resource describing a study carried out by CSIRO and the people of the Tiwi Islands to research the effects of careful fire management on biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, terrestrial carbon storage and potential earnings in carbon credit payments. The resource consists of an information sheet, ...

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BBSRC: big questions in agriculture need bigger experiments

This is a video accompanied by detailed text and still images showing the North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP) in Devon, England, which is the site of a substantial scientific study comparing three different approaches to sheep and cattle farming in a grassland ecosystem in terms of forage yield, water and air and soil quality, ...

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EnviroNorth: grazing in the tropical savannas

This is a multilayered website about cattle grazing in Australia's tropical savannas. It has a particular focus on the economic and sustainability aspects of the cattle industry. The five different sections of the resource provide detailed information about grazing in the tropical savannas; the industry outlook; the slaughter, ...

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EnviroNorth: soils of the savannas

This is a website about the soil in Australia's tropical savannas. It provides information about the formation of soil; the process of soils losing and regaining nutrients; different soil types; characteristics of savanna soils; impacts of soil on grazing; and a glossary of soil terms. Images and maps support the information. ...

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EnviroNorth: outback mobs learning module

This is a multilayered website about the outback. It includes an interactive tool titled Outback Mobs and a unit of work for teachers. The unit of work includes a teaching guide; curriculum links; and a bookshelf listing non-fiction and narrative books about the pastoral industry in northern Australia. The interactive component ...

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EnviroNorth: fire in the savannas

This is a web page about the issues related to fire and land management in Australia's tropical savannas. It contains sections about fire type, frequency, and the impact of fire on plants, animals, people and agricultural production. The information is supported by photographs and maps. The web page also contains links ...

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EnviroNorth: burning issues

This is an interactive multilayered website about fire and land management in Australia's tropical savannas. Roleplaying the job of park manager, students navigate through sections on Indigenous land management, fire safety awareness, the impact of fire on flora and fauna, and statistical information on the scale and frequency ...