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Trevor Smith discusses dealing with droughts, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Trevor Smith, a wheat and sheep farmer in the Forbes area of central New South Wales. He explains what it is like being a farmer who has to deal with a prolonged period of drought. Smith tells of the financial strains on farming businesses and the psychological strains on individual ...

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Leaky weirs hydrate a thirsty landscape

Peter Andrews is a natural engineer. His 'leaky weirs' are helping to keep farm soils hydrated, even in extended periods of drought. Peter appears to be working in concert with nature, so why are his ideas so revolutionary?

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Record dry spell puts farmers under the pump

Australian farmers cope with all sorts of challenges, including lack of rainfall. But what happens when drought persists for longer than usual? In this clip we investigate the effects of a record dry spell on the wellbeing of rural communities in New South Wales in 2003.

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Sowing crops after floods

Natural disasters such as flooding can create havoc for farmers who rely on favourable growing conditions for high yields. This clip shows some Australian farmers responding to floods that have affected their crop production. See how they deal with these and other weather-related impacts.

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Tassie be dammed: opening the Meander Dam

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. Listen to the reasons that politicians and some public officials give for building more dams. This clip features the opening of the Meander Dam in 2008 in the state's north. Hear also from farmers who have ...

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Tough times in the wheatbelt

Just north of Dubbo in New South Wales lies a town called Walgett, a rural town that relies on wheat farming. This clip reveals the effects of prolonged drought, showing how the community of Walgett was suffering in 2003. While things looked grim, find out what one good season could do.

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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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Ophir gold diggings in 1851 - asset 3

This is a hand-coloured lithograph made by Thomas Balcombe (1810-61), measuring 27 cm x 47.5 cm, and based on a sketch made on the spot by J Korff. It depicts gold diggings at the confluence of Summer Hill Creek and Lewis Ponds Creek at Ophir in New South Wales. A horseman is shown approaching miners standing near the creek, ...

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How will fire change the climate?

Considering the impact of a changing climate on the severity and frequency of fires is one thing, but how about the impact of fires on climate? Why does Professor David Bowman describe this scenario as a 'fire spiral'? What are the consequences of a world with fewer forests? As Professor Craig Allen explains, drought and ...

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Selling Climate Change

This learning sequence explores the topic of climate change and the Asia region. Students analyse how information about climate change is conveyed using various persuasive approaches.

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European settlement

This lesson sequence explores European settlement in the Murray-Darling Basin and the establishment of western farming and irrigation. It includes a teacher PowerPoint presentation, separate teacher notes and a student worksheet. This lesson sequence is one in a series exploring aspects of the Murray-Darling Basin and is ...

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Panning for gold on the Mulgrave River, c1888

This is a black-and-white photograph showing five miners prospecting for alluvial gold on the banks of the Mulgrave River in Queensland. Two of the men hold shovels and stand by a sluice, two others pan for gold and the fifth rests on a wooden wheelbarrow. Several other mining implements are in evidence - a pan, pick, shovel ...

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'License inspected, Forrest Creek', 1853

This is a hand-coloured lithograph of 'License [licence] inspected, Forrest [Forest] Creek', a watercolour by S T Gill. It was printed as a plate in part one of 'The Victoria gold diggings and diggers as they are', published in London in 1853. The drawing depicts a man holding a rifle in one hand and a mining licence in ...

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Water shortages in Nairobi, Kenya, 2000

Water shortages in Nairobi have a big impact on local residents and businesses, who are often forced to buy water privately. Find out how a shortage of water in Kenya's capital city affects the people there, and the views people have about the causes of the shortage.

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Tassie be dammed: agriculture and water supply

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. The plan includes increasing both water storage capacity and the distribution of water to farming communities. In this clip, farmers describe the effects of drought and explain what they see as the benefits ...

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Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Lake Chad, Africa

This resource is a series of satellite images of Lake Chad in Africa, showing its decline due to prolonged drought and increased water use from 1963 to 2003, accompanied by a text explanation, including a brief history of the lake. The text describes the geographical features of the freshwater lake, the effect of the region's ...

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'Gold digging in Australia 1852: fair prospects'

This is a watercolour, the second of a pair, measuring 20.2 cm x 26.4 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows two gold miners standing near a mine shaft, inspecting a handful of gold, at the edge of a creek. One of the men is leaning on a pick and a panning dish is lying on the ground nearby. ...

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Concert room at Ballarat, 1855

This is a watercolour, measuring 22.8 cm x 31.9 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows Charles Thatcher (1831-78), a comic singer well known on the gold fields, performing popular songs on stage at the Charlie Napier Hotel in Ballarat with a female accompanist. The painting has the artist's ...

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Drought: graziers turn to droving

Queensland cattle country encounters extremes of climate:extensive floods and prolonged drought. With his station in the grip of drought and in a bid to save his herd from starvation, one grazier has resorted to a more traditional approach. Watch as he prepares to drove his herd along a stock route in search of greener pastures.

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How might water shortages in the Basin affect you?

The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's largest river system and it's an important source of water for many Australian communities and farmers. In this clip from mid-2013, Discover more about the Basin, how it connects people and places, and the impact that drought and people's use has on this natural resource.