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Listed under:  Science  >  Environmental management  >  Water quality
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Caddis flies

This is an information sheet on caddis flies (Order Trichoptera) with a description, details of their habitat and general biology. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Mayflies

This is an information sheet on mayflies, Order Ephemeroptera, with description, habitat and general biology.

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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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'Healthy waterways' postcard, 2003

This is a postcard published by and promoting Melbourne Water, a water management organisation owned by the Victorian Government. One side of the postcard has photographs of a creek and a platypus. At the bottom is the text 'healthy waterways'. The reverse side provides information about the role of Melbourne Water in managing ...

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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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Modelling water quality

This is a colour video clip in which Professor David Hamilton, an ecologist from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, talks about the important functions of ecosystems and the consequences of deterioration in those functions. He explains how computer models can be used to address these problems. Sequences showing Professor ...

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Sea surface information: datasets

This website contains datasets for sea-surface temperatures, the presence of chlorophyll and turbidity. The data are displayed on an interactive colour-coded map, with query, transect and time series buttons. The images created can be saved and the data returned can be downloaded. The page also contains links to related ...

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Macrobiotica – science @ the lakes

In this resource students work as scientists while exploring their local environment in the real world of scientific endeavour. Games and animations are used to model the real experience of investigating a freshwater lake. This version of the Macrobiotica resource has been modified for Internet use by removing Teaching ...

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Down on the mussel farm in Tasmania

Australia's largest and deepest mussel farm is located in the pristine waters on Tasmania's east coast. Watch this clip to find out about blue-lipped mussels growing in Spring Bay Seafoods' 1,700 hectare farm and the aquatic environment that supports them. This is a farm quite unlike most farms you may be familiar with.

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Explore water pipes [includes spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

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Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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River journey [no spoken instructions]

Sample water along a river. Check water temperature, salinity, clarity and current speed. Link aquatic animals with their habitats according to water types.

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Explore water pipes [no spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

Interactive resource

River journey [includes spoken instructions]

Sample water along a river. Check water temperature, salinity, clarity and current speed. Link aquatic animals with their habitats according to water types.

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Dugong dilemma: assessment

Assess your ability to test a hypothesis by investigating data and using scientific models. Select likely hypotheses for the decrease in a dugong population. Investigate the living things present in a coastal marine habitat, and use a food web to understand the relationships between different animals. Model the effects ...

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Frogs - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on the important role frogs play in their terrestrial ecosystems and why they are considered ‘environmental indicators’. Students will investigate factors threatening frog populations and develop an action plan to increase the diversity of frog species in their local area.

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About frogs - unit of work

Students examine the characteristics and diversity of frog species in their local area.

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Frogs as environmental indicators - unit of work

Students examine the important role frogs play in their terrestrial ecosystems and why they are considered ‘environmental indicators’.

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Cotter Dam, from a cracked glass plate negative, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph showing water flowing down the face of the Cotter Dam in the Australian Capital Territory. Taken in 1928, the photograph shows the cracks in the original glass plate negative.