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At home in the country

What is the best thing about living on a farm out in the countryside? What is the worst? How does where you live make you the person you are today? Listen to Jane Gould from Boort, finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people, talk of the connectedness she feels to the land on which she lives.

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Big sky sunsets at Windorah, Qld

In this clip the narrator will show you a place that she likes to visit. This place is near Windorah in Queensland. The narrator says that this is 'big sky country'. She likes to sit in the sand dunes and watch the colours around her change as the sun goes down.

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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Mother Mekong

Discover the connections between people and ancient temples hidden along the mighty Mekong River. Find out how long the temple Wat Phu (Vat Phou) has been a place of worship. Consider the spiritual value of this river, which provides more than sustenance and money.

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Is Australia's best job on Gabo Island?

Leo Op Den Brouw works at the Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve collecting meteorological and weather data. See why he believes he has one of the best jobs in Australia. While he counts himself lucky to work in such a special place, how does Leo cope with the isolation and the time away from his family and friends?

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Why are coral reefs important?

Coral reefs contain a high biodiversity of marine life and they're vital natural assets for coastal communities and cultures. In this clip you will hear from a panel of scientific and community experts as they discuss the importance of coral reefs to billions of people around the world. Discover some perspectives on the ...

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A flood of water sports activity

See how the breaking of a drought can result in a boom for local tourism. In one small Victorian town, the long drought has broken and there's water back in the lake! Find out what attracts holiday-makers back in droves to the serenity of Bonnie Doon!

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Disappearing acts: changing shorelines

Beaches may be a great place to relax and unwind, but they are also an indicator of a stable coastline. So why do beaches sometimes 'disappear' and how might we protect them from the elements? To find out more, watch this clip featuring beaches on the UK coast.

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Minibeasts in the forest treetops

The Daintree tropical rainforest in Far North Queensland is home to many different insects and spiders. Take a trip into the treetops to see some of the minibeasts that live there, such as Rhinoceros Beetles, Green Tree Ants and spiders.

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Flinders Ranges: desert fortress

In contrast to the surrounding desert, the mountains of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia have high rainfall with lush grasslands and forests. Early settlers were attracted to the good conditions found in this landscape but struggled during periods of drought. Find out about the diverse landscapes and variable climate ...

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Landforms of the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a region located west of Sydney. It is a place of varying landforms including deep canyons, tall waterfalls and sandstone structures such as the Three Sisters. Watch this clip to look deep into the canyons that have been carved through sandstone and rock, and shaped by wind and rain.

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River of the Snowy Mountains diverted

Water flows from the Snowy River were diverted as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, started in 1949. The Scheme provides electric power and additional water for the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers to be used for irrigation. See how this feat of engineering was undertaken and how the landscape was modified.

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A peak into Australia's alpine region

The Australian Alps are a landscape of mountain ranges and peaks, low foothills and forested valleys. It is the place that inspired the poem 'The Man from Snowy River'. Watch this clip to find out more about the Australian Alps and the animals that inhabit this area.

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Connecting with Aboriginal desert art

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the centre of Australia is a desert landscape where some highly adapted plants and animals live. Aboriginal peoples' knowledge of and close connection to the land and its wildlife is expressed through their artwork. See how an Aboriginal painting depicts the desert after rains.

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How Uluru came to be

Uluru is found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia's Red Centre. This region contains many landform features and is a place of special significance for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples alike. Find out about the Earth movements that created these incredible landforms and the creation stories of the area's ...

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Tasmania's ancient pine forests

Tasmania's forests are an important natural feature of Australia. It is where you will find the mighty Franklin River and Huon Pine trees. Huon Pines were highly valued by early colonialists who logged them for timber and resin, which were ideal for boat building. Today Huon Pines are valued as a spectacular symbol of an ...

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Trek into Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair

Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage area. Come and see jagged peaks and pristine lakes that were formed thousands of years ago during the last ice age. Find out why the Aboriginal people of this area, the Larmairremener, called Australia's deepest lake 'Leeawuleena'.

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Tassie tiger: does it still exist?

The Tasmanian wilderness is a rugged and remote environment where many extraordinary and prehistoric species are found. Watch this clip to see the spectacular landscapes, ancient trees and wildlife, including the Tasmanian Devil. You will also see incredible footage of the last known Tasmanian Tiger. Could it still survive ...

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Lord Howe Island's many faces

Lord Howe Island is the remains of an extinct volcano located off Australia's east coast. It has mountainous peaks, dense rainforests, sandy beaches and lagoons complete with coral reefs. See some of the many different animals and plants that can be found on Lord Howe Island. You'll see why it's protected by World Heritage ...

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An inland nursery for Australian birds

When floodwaters reach Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in South Australia, many species of waterbirds, including pelicans and the rare Banded Stilt, arrive to breed and raise their young. See why Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre was declared a national park and find out what happens to the birdlife once the lake dries.