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Hydrogeology - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map of Australia, showing the extent and level of productivity of groundwater systems (aquifers). 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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Turning stormwater into groundwater

Imagine how much your life would change if your water supply ran out. Yet, when it rains, so much water is lost as it runs into stormwater drains. Watch as scientists talk about re-directing stormwater to recharge a groundwater aquifer. Listen as they describe how they can use a natural system to remove contaminants from ...

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Managing groundwater for tomorrow

Seventy percent of Perth's water comes from underground. Imagine what would happen if that source of water dried up. It's a real possibility if the impact of the climate and human activity is not carefully managed. Watch as scientists show what causes groundwater levels to fall and the effect that has on the Earth's ecosystems. ...

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Iceland's volcanic eruption, 2010

Imagine an ash cloud so big that it stopped all plane flights over much of Europe for almost a week. That is what happened in 2010 when Iceland's volcano called Eyjafjallajokull erupted explosively, sending black ash 6000 metres into the air. Find out from this clip what caused the eruption, why it led to widespread disruption ...

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The impossible made possible: ahh, clean water!

In Flores, Indonesia, eleven local villages and two international organisations work together to achieve an 'impossible' engineering feat. See in how many ways piping clean springwater from high up on a mountainside can help a community in need.

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Unconventional approach yields startling success

Peter Andrews uses unconventional methods to 'fix' creeks and unproductive landscapes. He's been blocking up creeks and encouraging weeds to grow! Whilst Peter's ideas about water management have drawn criticism from some quarters, scientific investigations appear to show that he is on the right track.

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A geyser in Iceland, 2002

This is a colour photograph of a geyser at Haukadalur in Iceland. This geyser, called Strokkur, is shooting hot water up into the air. Dark grey rock on the ground surface is shown in the image, and the horizon, blue sky and sun are in the background.

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Groundwater

This is an online resource about Australia's groundwater that provides important information, facts and images about groundwater. It contains seven major sections: Latest news about Australia's groundwater; Basics - groundwater; Our capabilities - groundwater; Groundwater in Australia; Understanding groundwater resources; ...

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Groundwater-surface water connectivity

This is an online resource about groundwater-surface water connectivity. The resource provides a definition, describes what groundwater-surface water connectivity is, and identifies the complexities of the relationship between groundwater and surface water. Diagrams depicting the movement of groundwater water are provided. ...

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What is groundwater?

This is an online resource about groundwater, global water resources and the water extraction process that provides important information and images. It has two main sections: What is groundwater? and Groundwater use. Links in the right-hand menu provide additional information and resources including maps, publications ...

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Arab Gateways: sustainable water use

This is a web resource about water in the Arab region including water scarcity and sustainable water use. It provides a ‘Teachers background’ that includes learning outcomes, focus questions and an introduction to water issues in the Arab region. Student materials include information and activities about water availability, ...

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Natural resource fact sheet: agricultural water

This resource is a two-page fact sheet, in pdf format, about agricultural water resources in California. The first page of the fact sheet describes the main sources and distribution of water in California, the history of using agricultural water, irrigation techniques and the economic value of this water to California. ...

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Sustainable table: the coming famine

This is a website about the key issues related to global food insecurity. It contains sections on the scarcity of primary resources; land degradation; land scarcity; waste; climate change; consequences of inaction; and proposed solutions. Photographs, statistics, graphs, maps and figures support the information. This resource ...

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Yucatán Peninsula: prehistoric evidence

Beneath the Yucatán Peninsula in south-eastern Mexico exists a karst aquifer, the largest underground river system in the world. Discover its deep caverns, which have been perfectly preserved for thousands of years, complete with prehistoric remains.

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Yucatán Peninsula: Mesoamerican Reef threatened

The Mesoamerican Reef, just off the shore of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, is under major threat. Listen to oceanographer Roberto Iglesias-Prieto explain how untreated wastewater affects the underground river system and the reef.

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Yucatán Peninsula: cenotes

The Yucatán Peninsula is located in south-eastern Mexico and covers a vast area of coastline south of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a popular tourist destination for people who travel to cities such as Cancún to enjoy sandy white beaches. Explore the subterranean freshwater caverns of this region and discover why this pristine ...

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The safe water challenge

This is a unit of work about the importance of safe, fresh water to people through the world. Intended for years 7 and 8 and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Water - more precious than gold; Urbanisation and accessing safe water; Sharing a river; ...

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Water sponge beneath our feet

Could it be that nature has its own system of creating water reserves to help the country get through dry times? Peter Andrews thinks so. His approach provides an alternative to the way most farmers manage water resources. But some of Peter's ideas have caused ripples of discontent, especially among authorities and his neighbours.

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Science for a hungry world

How vital is water to food production? What would happen if we ran out of readily available water? This is a real possibility for some countries that rely heavily on groundwater to grow crops and sustain local population. By observing the gravity of the Earth, NASA satellites have been able to track the changes in the amount ...