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GeogSpace: year 2 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The focus is on a student's understanding of the earth, as represented by a world map and a globe. Illustration 1 is a set of activities using a globe of the world as a model of the earth. Illustration ...

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Antarctic huskies Morrie and Ursa

This photograph shows Morrie and Ursa, two of the last of the huskies used in the Australian Antarctic Territory and now on display at the Melbourne Museum.

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Working among vegetation on Antarctica

This is a colour photograph showing a scientist walking across the rocky surface of one of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. In the foreground, patches of moss and lichen can be seen growing around a shallow stream of meltwater.

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Seals help climate research

Discover how seals are helping scientists study Antarctica, polar regions, oceans and climate change. Scientists use Weddell and southern elephant seals to gather data and monitor the way currents move heat around the world's oceans.

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Nordenskjöld, Antarctica and two long winters

Early in the 1900s, several long expeditions set out to delve into the mysteries of Antarctica. One of them made some remarkable scientific discoveries about life that existed long ago on the continent. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. This 1901-1903 Swedish expedition was plagued with problems. Watch this clip to find out more.

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Creatures of the deep

What creatures live in the deepest parts of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica? See how scientists use special equipment to find out about life that exists in this harsh environment. Find out why it is important that we learn about life in the deep oceans.

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Arctic ice melting

What do you think might be causing the big sea ice melt in the Arctic? Is it a natural phenomenon or is something else occurring? Watch this short clip to find out what scientists think is happening to the ice in the Arctic.

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Greenhouse effect tips toward climate catastrophe

Follow the carbon atom, the central character in this story about oil, as it is released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect. See how other events like melting glaciers amplify that effect and contribute to an increasingly overheated climate. Learn about what might tip us over ...

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Oil from super-greenhouse events

Why did most of the world's oil deposits form at a specific prehistoric time? Learn how overheated super-greenhouse climates caused vast stretches of the world's oceans to stagnate and become depleted of oxygen. Discover the connection between these anoxic events and Earth's oil reserves. Watch scientists investigating ...

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The Earth's warming

How might the Earth's warming affect humans in the future? In this clip some possible extreme consequences of taking no action on reducing greenhouse emissions are raised.

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Arctic sea ice

Can you imagine the Arctic without any ice? In this clip you will voyage into the Arctic and witness the shrinking of the vast sea ice. Scientists use animation to show how the ice has reduced over time, and predict how long before it completely disappears during summer months. Discover some possible implications of this ...

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Arctic ice melt and sea levels

How might increased melting of Arctic sea ice affect sea levels? Watch this short clip to find out why scientists are concerned by the trend of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic.

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EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

This is an interactive website about Australia's savannas. It has four main sections providing information about where tropical savannas are located across the world; the importance of termites in Australia's tropical savannas ecosystem; the lifecycle of the termite; and the research being conducted in Australia's savannas. ...

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The Seasons and Day Length

Students use this resource consisting of seven slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how the tilt and movement of the Earth causes the seasons. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide. This resource does not explain about the cause of night and day or day length.

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How the sky works

This ABC Astronomy Basics article is an excellent example of simple explanations of many of the phenomena we observe in the sky. Features such as constellations, neighbouring galaxies and nebulae are outlined. It explains that finding constellations and planets in the ever-moving night sky can be challenging. It gives tips ...

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Memories of Antarctic expeditions (1954 and 1961)

Listen as scientist Dr Phillip Law recounts his experiences of expeditions to Antarctica. See historic footage of travelling through pack ice. The clip features the Kista Dan (1954 expedition) and the Magga Dan (1961 expedition). The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific ...

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Antarctica: changes in seasons

Watch historic footage of winter in the coldest continent on Earth as Dr Phillip Law describes how Antarctica changes with the seasons. See the force and effects of Antarctic blizzards. Watch the return of spring. The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific research ...

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Polar explorer observes Arctic melt, 2009

An Australian polar explorer describes his experience and observations of the Arctic following a three-month expedition around Greenland. Onboard Greenpeace's MV 'Arctic Sunrise' in 2009, Eric Philips saw at firsthand the conditions of the ice in the Arctic. Listen as Eric describes the changes he has seen after many yearly ...

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Mawson's huts: frozen, fragile and far away

One of Australia's greatest polar explorers, Sir Douglas Mawson, led an expedition to Antarctica in 1911. Over 100 years later, the huts that he and his men built in the icy, windswept landscape still stand. But how much longer can the huts withstand the harsh conditions? Watch this clip to find out.

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New tools to explore the frozen frontier

Scientists are using drones and robots to help them understand more about Antarctic ice. See how the use of these technologies is not only safer but much faster and more efficient.