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The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond (ACHASSK114)

Elaborations
  • mapping and explaining the location, frequency and severity of bushfires or flooding in Australia
  • explaining the impacts of fire on Australian vegetation and the significance of fire damage on communities
  • researching how the application of principles of prevention, mitigation and preparedness minimises the harmful effects of bushfires or flooding
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Communities,  Environmental impact,  Vegetation,  Bushfires,  Floods

Online

CFA Bushfires - a geography resource for Australian students

This is an illustrated PDF with comprehensive information about the causes and behaviours of bushfire as well as the impact fires have on natural and human environments. Taking a geographic perspective, the text is supported with photographs, maps, aerial photography, diagrams, and tables. Each chapter includes activities ...

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Looking after the land

This is a resource about the environmental, climatic, natural disaster and pest challenges faced during settlement in Australia. It includes details about land management techniques; extreme and unique weather conditions, including floods and droughts; bushfires; animal and plant pests; and water management. Text, images, ...

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Drought and flood in the Murray-Darling Basin

This lesson sequence focuses on the cycle of drought and flood in the Murray-Darling Basin. It looks at perspectives on and future predictions of flood and drought and includes a research-based case study of the impact of flood and drought on a settlement or region in the Murray-Darling Basin. The lesson sequence includes ...

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Digital Stories of the Land

This is website that presents a collection of digital stories about the connection people have with their surroundings, in particular the land. The resource has three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are 11 Story Objects, all videos that present personal stories of ...

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Bushfire education: bushfire myth busters

This is a downloadable fact sheet which aims to dispel popular myths about bushfires, with 13 myths grouped into three themes: learning about bushfires, preparing for bushfires and responding to bushfires. Each myth contains a brief description of evidence that discounts the particular misconception about bushfire safety. ...

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Why are they called the Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains are home to many different species of eucalypt trees. See how a bushfire in the Blue Mountains is part of the cycle of life. Bushfire changes the landscape but also stimulates new growth and regeneration of the forest. Watch this clip to see the eucalypt forest before and after a fire.

Interactive

CFA: bushfire interactive

This is an interactive resource containing a game, interactive simulations, detailed information and links to other useful information on bushfire readiness, including a downloadable fire plan. It consists of three sections - Fire risk, How a fire behaves and Fire safety - covering topics such as fire danger rating, radiant ...

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Seeing the Land from an Indigenous Canoe

This is website about the significant contribution Aboriginal people made in colonial times by guiding European explorers and colonists, stock and goods across the Victorian river systems. The resource includes introductory information and 31 Story Objects in the format of videos, audio, images and text. Each object also ...

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Victorian Heritage Database

This is a rich, interactive resource that lists Victoria’s most significant heritage: places, objects, shipwrecks and archaeological sites. It has four main sections: Introduction; Explore heritage map; Recommended tours; and Timeline browser. The Explore heritage map searches for sites and provides information and images ...

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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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Prehistoric Wollemi Pine discovered

The 1994 discovery of the Wollemi Pine in the Blue Mountains was a momentous event, but the story doesn't end there. This ancient 'living fossil' species is millions of years old but was on the brink of extinction. Watch this clip to explore the remote canyon environments where it grows and find out about the remarkable ...

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Join the Numbat Taskforce!

Numbats are native Australian marsupials that can be found in Western Australia and South Australia. Unfortunately, their numbers are declining rapidly. What are the causes? What can we do to combat this and protect these unique Australian animals? Find out what one community group, the Numbat Taskforce, is doing to help ...

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Island hopping in a tropical paradise

The Whitsunday Islands, a collection of continental islands close to the mainland, were created when sea levels rose and flooded the valleys. These tropical Queensland islands are a haven for many plant, bird and reptile species. Take a tour of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef and see the different landforms.

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Dyeing eggs at Easter time

Are there special occasions during the year that your family celebrates? What do you do to celebrate? Watch this clip to learn how to make colourful, dyed eggs, a traditional Greek Easter activity. How are the colourful dyes made? And what is the traditional game that is played with the eggs on Easter Saturday? Why don't ...

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Koalas and climate change

The koala population in rural NSW has been declining over the years due to drought and heatwaves. What causes some of the temperature extremes experienced in this region? Dr Mella believes koalas normally get most of the moisture they need to stay hydrated from eucalyptus leaves. What has changed in recent years that means ...

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Working life - from colonial times to today

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work in a mansion, for a wealthy family in the 1870s? How about in the 1930s? What kinds of jobs needed to be done back then? And what do those jobs look like today? Discover how working life has changed over the years by comparing dramatised historical accounts with ...

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Design a treetop obstacle course

How much of Tasmania is covered in forest? Watch this video to find out! Have you ever done an obstacle course in the treetops? No? Well, join Grace and her pals as they head 20 metres up into the trees! Pay special attention to all of the obstacle course challenges they come across. After you've watched this clip, design ...

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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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The water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

This 12 minute video explains the water cycle in the context of the Murray Darling Basin and the great variability in rainfall in the region causing frequent floods and droughts. It highlights the importance of the rivers in the Murray Darling Basin for agriculture, environmental health, water supply, habitat for migratory ...

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What is a megafire?

Join Catalyst reporter Anja Taylor as she visits the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico and discovers the impacts of recent megafires on the landscape there. What is a megafire? And how is a megafire different from a regular wildfire? How have recent fires permanently transformed the landscapes that Anja and Professor Craig ...