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Adelaide River, Northern Territory, 1974

This is a colour photograph taken from the air on 27 February 1974. It shows a section of the Adelaide River about 60 kilometres east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, looking north towards the Timor Sea, which is about 30 kilometres away.

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At the peak of the Kakadu monsoon

The monsoonal rains of Kakadu are the lifeblood of the landscape, creating the floodplains and paperbark swamps that animals rely on for food and shelter. Kakadu National Park is a special place where a dramatic cycle of life and death is played out. Explore one of Australia's national treasures, Kakadu, at the peak of ...

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Monsoon rains spark explosion of life in Kakadu

The animals of Kakadu National Park live in a landscape dominated by tropical woodlands and expansive wetlands. These wetlands appear each wet season after the monsoon rains, and animals are drawn together here to feed and mate. Kakadu, a place of extreme seasonal change and incredible wildlife, attracts many visitors from ...

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Navigating the waterways of literature

Have you read The Wind in the Willows? Author Kenneth Grahame describes a river as 'a babbling procession of the best stories in the world sent from the heart of the Earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.' Listen as four British authors reflect on the changeable nature of water and the difficulties they experience ...

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NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

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New developments [includes spoken instructions]

Survey populations of mammals and birds. Test how urban development impacts on wildlife. Notice the balance between development and wildlife conservation. Explore interactions between national parks, creeks, wetlands, bridges, towns and farms.

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Where do frogs lay their eggs? [includes spoken instructions]

Explore freshwater environments to find out where native frogs live and breed. Follow a frog's life cycle. Identify habitats suitable for frogs to lay eggs. Compare the ecology of native frogs with introduced toads.

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New developments [no spoken instructions]

Survey populations of mammals and birds. Test how urban development impacts on wildlife. Notice the balance between development and wildlife conservation. Explore interactions between national parks, creeks, wetlands, bridges, towns and farms.

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Little egret catching and eating a fish

This photograph of a little egret ('Egretta garzetta') was taken in Mozambique, Africa. It has caught a large fish in a wetland. The egret has breeding plumes on its chest.

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'For the term of his natural life', 1927 - asset 1

This is a still image from the 1927 silent era film 'For the term of his natural life' based on the epic novel by Marcus Clarke, which describes the fate of English aristocrat Rufus Dawes who is wrongfully convicted of murder and transported to Van Dieman's Land (now called Tasmania). This image depicts the deathbed scene ...

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Steamboat holiday on the Murray

This is a clip from a black-and-white silent film of a paddle steamer holiday on the Murray River in 1920. The footage includes a title and intertitle, rowing shells under the lift bridge at Swan Hill, Victoria, the paddle steamer with people dancing on the lower deck and sitting on the upper deck, the river bank and flooded ...

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'Mail coach', 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, titled 'Mail Coach', produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. The image depicts a mail coach drawn by five horses. There are three men riding on the coach, which has a canvas cover on the back and a gas lantern on the side. ...

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Waterlilies in Kakadu National Park, 1989

This is a colour photograph of a lake filled with waterlilies with paperbark trees in the background. It was taken in 1989 in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, during the shoot of the documentary 'Kakadu Man’.

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Storm Boy, 1976: 'You run like a blackfella!'

This clip shows Mike Kingsley (Greg Rowe) meeting 'Fingerbone' Bill (David Gulpilil) in the Coorong wetlands, after Bill drives away two illegal hunters. Fingerbone Bill tells Mike 'You run like a blackfella' and dubs him 'Storm Boy'. The two trek through the wetland to see if the hunters have shot anything and discover ...

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Port Botany - A Planning Dilemma, 1979: Environmental impacts

This clip from the late 1970s begins with ornithologist John Waugh, in a boat with the filmmaker Tom Zubrycki, describing the bird life in the Towra wetlands of Botany Bay. Bernie Clarke from the Botany Bay Planning and Protection Council then discusses the effects of the seawall on the Towra ecology and oil pollution in ...

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Twelve canoes: the swamp

This is a rich resource about the Arafura Swamp of north-east Arnhem Land and its Yolngu people. A short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describes how the swamp's people, plants and animals are interconnected, how the people take care of it and how it takes care of them. The film illustrates three contemporary issues ...

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Wetlands

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on wetlands. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about wetlands, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to teaching Science, with a focus on investigations ...

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Ngan'gi seasons calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Ngan’gi people of the Northern Territory in collaboboration with CSIRO. The resource contains an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s wish to document traditional knowledge of their Daly River ...

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Coastal adaptation: ecosystems

This resource is a video about the consequences of climate change for the vulnerable ecosystems that exist in the water and on land around Australia’s coast. It explains how factors affected by climate change, such as temperature, rainfall, sea level and the chemistry of sea water, can impact on the species within an ecosystem. ...

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Case study: uranium mining in Kakadu

This resource is about uranium mining in Kakadu. The resource includes an introduction to uranium mining in Kakadu and information about Kakadu National Park, the mining industry in Australia, the process of uranium mining, environmental implications of uranium mining, cultural implications, the history of mining in Kakadu ...