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Air compressor, c1926

This is an electrically powered horizontal air compressor at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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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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Portraying the Exxon Valdez oil spill, 19 years on

Ever heard the phrase 'there are two sides to every story'? While some texts might seem to present both sides of the story, close analysis can often reveal otherwise. This clip from Foreign Correspondent explores some arguments about the after-effects of one of the world's worst oil-spills. The spill occurred in 1989 when ...

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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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Oil tank in Darwin burning after Japanese attack, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in Darwin on 15 March 1943, showing an oil tank burning fiercely after being bombed during a Japanese air raid. Large clouds of black smoke billow up from the burning tank. In the foreground a group of seven Australian military personnel are bunched behind an asbestos shield to ...

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Copper town, Mt Lyell, Tasmania, 1948

This is a black-and-white photograph of Mt Lyell, a mining town in western Tasmania in 1948. It features parts of a slag heap and a goods train in the foreground, the township in the centre and denuded hills in the background.

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Tanker breaks in two, 1962 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1962 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the rescue of 32 crew of a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the 'Bridgewater', which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. With dramatic background music and the beeping sounds ...

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Tanker breaks in two, 1962 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1962 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the rescue of 32 crew of a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the 'Bridgewater', which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. With dramatic background music and a commentary, the ...

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Tanker breaks in two, 1962 - asset 3

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1962 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the rescue of 32 crew of a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the 'Bridgewater', which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. With dramatic background music, the segment comprises ...

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Massey Ferguson beach cleaner, 1974 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white newsreel demonstrating an Australian-developed Massey Ferguson beach-cleaning machine. It was made by British Movietone News, originally in colour, and distributed to Australia via Movietone International. Commentary is backed by jaunty orchestral music featuring strings and brass. ...

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Massey Ferguson beach cleaner, 1974 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white newsreel demonstrating an Australian-developed Massey Ferguson beach-cleaning machine. It was made by British Movietone News, originally in colour, and distributed to Australia via Movietone International. Commentary is backed by jaunty orchestral music featuring strings and brass. ...

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Dirty War, 2005: US military in Philippines

This clip shows the US Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Military aircraft take off and land as a narrator explains that, over a 45-year period, repair, maintenance and refuelling operations have led to millions of litres of aviation fuel and other toxic chemicals being flushed down drains, causing environmental ...

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An Evergreen Island, 2000: Bougainville battlers

This clip shows interviews with three women of Bougainville, an island of Papua New Guinea, who give the reasons for their opposition to the copper mining on the island and talk about how this protest movement developed into the struggle for independence for Bougainville. The interviews are intercut with scenes of the green ...

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John Lewis tells of salvaging the Bridgewater, 2006

This is an edited audio recording of former tugboat captain John Lewis describing the operation to salvage the stern of an oil tanker, the Bridgewater, which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. Lewis says that when his tug eventually got the stern close to Fremantle there ...

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Predicting harmful algal blooms

This is a video resource about harmful algal blooms (HABs), which appear as 'red tides', releasing toxins that enter the food chain through fish and shellfish, eventually killing larger marine animals such as dolphins and turtles. The video uses animation to show how the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), consisting ...

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Water is life

This is an extended teaching and learning module containing six tasks with an activity sheet, fact sheet and hyperlinks to further resources that introduce students to how the world's water supply is used and by whom. The module uses a variety of inquiry teaching strategies that allow students to explore the topic for general ...

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Streamwatch: what is fresh water?

This is a resource providing information about the types of water found on Earth. It includes information about: the form water takes on Earth; the composition of water, including a graphical image of a water molecule; and the percentage of useable fresh water available on Earth. The Related sections and Related images ...

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Wastewater: treated well, it's not just a waste

This set of three short videos shows the treatment processes for wastewater in a first world community. Process engineers talk about wastewater and how they treat it.

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Marine stormwater pollution

This website is designed to support science and geography inquiry activities on protecting the marine environment from stormwater pollution. It contains information and images about all aspects of land based stormwater pollution, its impact on marine environments and ways individuals can solve these issues.The information ...

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Sites2See – maritime disasters

The sea and ships hold a fascination for humankind that is one of discovery, geography, science and history, yet also one of peril. This web page has links for the history and human aspects of maritime disasters, timed for the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.