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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.

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Supporting sustainable farming

Consider the vast land that is Australia. How might we, as a community, help to keep our land sustainable? Explore the ideas put forward by Professor Peter Cullen and Dr John Williams in response to the continuing drought conditions of 2003. What role could city dwellers play so that farmers could better care for the land?

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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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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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Chemical pollutants toxic to whales

Explore how chemical pollutants affect the Antarctic food web. A scientist shows that baleen whales are consuming Antarctic krill contaminated by accumulated residues of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from pesticides and industrial chemicals. Find out why these pollutants are concentrated at the Earth's polar regions.

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Harvesting stormwater

Imagine turning stormwater into drinking water by using the natural processes of the earth to remove contaminants. Follow how one local council captures and delivers recycled stormwater to homes and factories in a new estate. Learn how the government is encouraging other local councils to follow their lead to protect one ...

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Seeding clouds to make rain and snow

Imagine if we could control the weather. Find out how scientists are already at work making clouds rain when and where they want. It's called cloud seeding. Watch this clip to understand how cloud seeding works, and where it is being used in Australia.

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Water stress affects food production

Think about the amount of water needed for food production. Is reducing water use during food processing the only way of lowering water usage? Find out some reasons for suggesting a global reduction in water use during the growing of raw products. Discover the relationship of water-stressed regions around the world to food ...

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Wetlands clean up stormwater

Imagine how much water flows through stormwater drains after rain. Follow the efforts of Salisbury Council in Adelaide after it built a network of wetlands that use natural processes to remove pollutants from stormwater before it reaches the sea.

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Carbon capture and storage

Is carbon capture and storage (CCS) the solution to climate change? CCS technology captures carbon dioxide from the flue gases of coal burning power plants and takes it to long-term storage. The coal industry has high hopes that pumping the liquefied gas into underground reservoirs, or geo-sequestration, will provide safe ...

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Anatomy of a raindrop

The water cycle is the circulation of water on, in and above Earth and it involves a number of stages and changes of state. This clip describes the water cycle and also how modern technology has contributed to our understanding of the shape of raindrops and its relationship to precipitation. Discover how raindrop shape ...

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'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', City of Melbourne, 2004

This is the cover of a 2004 booklet called 'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', which was produced by the City of Melbourne as part of their 'Total watermark' strategy. The cover features a flourishing wetland scene complete with five waterbirds and plenty of vegetation. This item is part of the Water ...

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'Making Melbourne the world's most water-sensitive city' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure that promotes and was published by Melbourne Water, a water management organisation owned by the Victorian Government. The cover includes the title of the brochure - 'Making Melbourne the world's most water-sensitive city', a photograph of a large body of water with land in the background, and ...

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Water: H2O = life

This resource provides an in-depth look at the many ways that water shapes life on Earth. It investigates cultural and spiritual aspects of water, pressing environmental issues and actions we can take. This website is based on the National Museum of Australia exhibition 'Water: H2O = Life'.

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Water licence buyback to protect river health

Did you know that farmers can buy and sell the water they use to irrigate their crops? However, taking too much water from the Murray-Darling river basin can have an impact on all of us. Discover how, in 2008, the Australian Government entered the water trading market to buy water back for the benefit of the river system ...

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Toxic sediments

Learn how high levels of toxic sediments in Sydney Harbour have destroyed as much as 40 per cent of its invertebrates. Find out the main source of toxins. Learn how toxins become trapped in the sediment and distributed across the Harbour. Observe the devastating effects of toxic sediments on the food chain in 2010, when ...

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From stormwater to drinking water

Imagine turning stormwater into drinking water by pumping it underground. Explore the possibilities with the CSIRO and Salisbury Council in Adelaide in a research project that uses natural processes to remove contaminants from the water. You'll see why this project is attracting international interest.

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Underground storage for recycled stormwater

How can we use recycled stormwater? See how a council in Adelaide, capital of the driest state in Australia, captures, purifies and stores stormwater underground before it's re-used. Listen to a wool processor describe how important this recycled water is to the success of his business.

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Thinning ice sheet

Discover that that the massive ice sheet in East Antarctica has been losing mass since 2006 instead of growing, as was previously thought. Watch animations to see how scientists from NASA and Australia are using satellite technology and aerial monitoring to investigate the thickness of East Antarctica's ice sheet. Find ...