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Risk and impact analysis

This is an online resource about risk and impact analysis for geoscience hazards such as bushfire, cyclone, earthquake and severe weather conditions. It contains five sections: What is risk? What is exposure? What is vulnerability? How can we use risk models? and Difference between hazard and risk. Each section provides ...

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What is a landslide?

This is an online resource about landslides that is part of a larger resource titled Landslide, and contains two main sections. The first section includes a description of a landslide, a description of various landslide processes and definitions of specific landslide terms. The second section is located on the right-hand ...

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Geology reveals how Earth changes

See how geology can tell us a story about how Earth has changed over time, as well as help predict natural disasters and save lives. Find out how geology can help you understand the world around you even when you are at the beach.

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Life on our ever-changing creek

Imagine if you lived near a creek and it began to rain heavily. What might be the possible consequences of rising water levels?  How might you go about preparing to deal with it? How did the family in this video deal with a bridge getting destroyed?

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Reef of life

This clip argues that every day the wellbeing of millions of people is dependent on the existence of healthy coral reefs. Through a stunning series of underwater videos and photographs find out more about current threats to coral reefs and how individual's actions on land can make a difference to the overall health of the ...

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Summer bushfire fears

Unseasonably warm weather leading up to the start of the 2013 fire season was an ominous sign. This clip from September that year investigates how technology is used to better predict the likelihood of bushfire, as well as helping firefighters bring blazes under control.

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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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Landforms from space

This is an online resource containing satellite images of nine distinctive landforms across Australia. The images, taken from the Landsat satellite series, are of the landforms: Roper River, NT; Lake Eyre, SA; Gulf Country, Qld; Channel Country, Qld; Cairns, Qld; Liverpool Plains, NSW; Snowy Mountains, NSW; Gippsland, Vic; ...

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Lessons from Cyclone Yasi help future planning

Cyclone Yasi tore through Queensland's Cassowary Coast in 2011. As the largest cyclone to hit the region, it left towns like Tully and Mission Beach with a massive reconstruction task. Recently, the focus of local communities has turned to reducing their vulnerability to future cyclone events. This clip looks at the lessons ...

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Tully and Yasi: the sequel

When tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland in 2011, the small town of Tully suffered severe damage and the region's banana and sugar cane crops were devastated. Discover how this crop damage impacted farmers, the local community and people throughout Australia. Find out how the town has since recovered.

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What is a volcano?

This is an online resource about volcanoes that provides important information about what a volcano is, describes the three most common volcanoes and explains hazards caused by volcanic eruptions. Links in the right-hand menu provide additional volcano-related resources including publications, a volcano library catalogue ...

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Where do landslides occur?

This is an online resource about where landslides occur that contains two main sections. The first section, Where do landslides occur?, provides information about the types of landscapes that are prone to landslides, and landslide locations within Australia. The second section is located on the right-hand side of the screen ...

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Tsunami prevention in the Pacific

By investigating sediments and debris left by devastating tsunamis throughout history, Japanese scientists are making discoveries that change the way we understand disaster prevention in the Pacific. Watch as research teams examine rocks and mud layers; create digital simulations of past tsunamis; and investigate the seabed ...

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Battling erosion on the Gold Coast

Queensland's iconic Gold Coast beaches experienced severe erosion as a result of wild weather in early 2013. The liveability of beachside homes in the area is under threat. See the local council's attempts to shore up the coastline and hear some questions being asked about the best way to protect the landscape. Where does ...

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Patterns of El Nino and La Nina

Australia's rainfall is best described as 'unreliable'. Long periods of drought can quickly give way to extensive floods. This clip uses animations to help you understand how the El Nino and La Nina phenomena contribute to Australia's climate patterns.

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Earthquakes

You might not realise but the ground beneath us never stops moving. Only when the movement is sudden and powerful do we take note.

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What causes volcanoes?

This is an online resource about the causes of volcanoes, part of a larger resource about volcanoes. It includes sections on the Earth's tectonic plate margins spreading, the Earth's tectonic plate margins subducting, and predicting volcanic eruptions. The image at the top of the screen illustrates the inside workings of ...

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Virtually avoiding disaster

Sharing experiences, photographs and opinions via social media has taken the world by storm. In this clip from 2013, we see social media networks being embraced by a new set of users who believe that it can save lives during natural disasters. But should we be concerned about their potential for misuse?

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Community project helps Grantham recover

The small town of Grantham suffered severe damage after being hit by flash flooding during Queensland's 2010-11 floods. The Grantham Butter Factory played an important role in the immediate aftermath of the flood. Watch this clip to find out how it helped the community through the disaster and has since been restored and ...

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Volcanic eruptions at Mount Ruapehu

Imagine a volcano erupting kilometres away. You are afraid, worried for the safety of yourself and others. Paul Willis presents the work of New Zealand volcanologists conducting research at Mount Ruapehu, a volcano with a history of devastating lahar (water, sediment and rocks) flows. Learn more about lahar flows and the ...