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Australia in 1846 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published c1846, showing early colonies and the borders of the colony of South 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 ...

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The Australian colonies in 1853 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the Australian colonies, published in 1853, showing the existing colonial borders at that time. 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 ...

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Treasure hunt

Can you read a map and follow directions? Well if you can chances are you can help us find the buried treasure. You'll need to know right from left, east from west, clockwise from anti-clockwise and over from under. Got all that? See you at Buccaneer's Refuge 'me hearties, arrgh'. Remember X marks the spot!

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The cruise of the Kormoran, 1940-41

This is a nautical chart showing the route of the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, which was known as 'Raider G'. The chart shows the route the ship took across the Atlantic and Indian oceans during its operations between December 1940 and November 1941. The circles represent the locations of ships the Kormoran either ...

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'Catalogus stellarum Australium' (catalogue of southern hemisphere stars), 1679

This is a leather-bound book. The title page has the heading 'CATALOGUS / STELLARUM AUSTRALIUM' (catalogue of southern hemisphere stars). The spine (not shown) is stamped with gold lettering that reads '1679 HALLEYS CATALOGUS STELLARUM'. The volume has 47 pages, 24 of which contain charts on the longitude and latitude of ...

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Australia in 1846 - Google map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published c1846, showing early colonies and the borders of the colony of South Australia. This artefact has been georeferenced and is intended to be viewed as a map layer in Google Earth. Google Earth must be installed in order to open the resource.

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The Australian colonies in 1853 - Google map layer

This is a historical map of the Australian colonies, published in 1853, showing the existing colonial borders at that time. This artefact has been georeferenced and is intended to be viewed as a map layer in Google Earth. Google Earth must be installed in order to open the resource.

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Commonwealth of Australia 1908 - Google map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published in 1908, showing the borders of the new Australian states in very close to their modern-day configurations. This artefact has been georeferenced and is intended to be viewed as a map layer in Google Earth. Google Earth must be installed in order to open the resource.

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British Imperial Federation map of the world 1889 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the world, published c1889, showing the British Empire and its possessions at the time, including 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 ...

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Commonwealth of Australia 1908 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published in 1908, showing the borders of the new Australian states in very close to their modern-day configurations. 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 ...

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Languages online: Indonesian section 01: greetings

This set of interactive activities from the Languages online resource introduces students to the culturally appropriate greetings and farewells for different times of day and situations. Activities include pronunciation drills, matching the appropriate greeting with the correct speaker, listening to greetings expressed ...

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Mapping the sea floor

Hydrographers chart the seabed and coastline, giving ships a map to help them avoid running into underwater trouble. Use this clip as a context for exploring the mapping of the sea floor. Think about scale and how to indicate different depths using contour lines.

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Palaeogeographic atlas: Australia

This is an online atlas tracing the evolution of the Australian continent from 542 million to 10,000 years ago. It consists of 70 maps able to be viewed individually or in various time sequence slideshows. The maps, superimposed on outlines of Greater Australia, show continental land, coastal and marine areas, rivers, bodies ...

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Climatic cycles in the Pacific

Australia's climate is characterised by regular cycles of flood and drought. But the same cycles also affect our near neighbours in the Pacific Ocean. In this animation the Climate Crabs take us on a journey through the Pacific Islands as we learn more about the climatic phenomena known as El Nino and La Nina.

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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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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How does desalination work?

Perth's water supplies are under pressure. The reason: declining rainfall in the southwest of Western Australia. In this clip, join Peter Rowsthorn as he tours a desalination plant and investigates how to turn sea water into drinking water. With similar plants popping up around Australia, will desalination be the solution ...

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Bike use in Europe is streets ahead

In the German city of Leipzig, it seems as if almost everyone rides a bike. Like many European cities, Leipzig is 'bike friendly' and its residents have taken full advantage. In this clip, the reporter shows us why Europe is streets ahead when it comes to encouraging bike use and investigates what it might take for Australian ...

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Planning for growth in Sydney

Sydney is already Australia's largest city but the outlook is for an increasing population and continuous growth. Looking toward the planning horizon of 2031, a recent government plan has pleased some sections of the community, but it is not without its critics. In this clip from March 2013, see how the state government ...

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Life-threatening tropical storms

Do you know the difference between cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons? Watch this clip to find out about these violent storms, what causes them and where they occur. Discover more about some of the world's biggest storms and their impact on places like Bangladesh, the USA, and Darwin in Australia. This clip includes an animation ...