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Putting down roots

Adjacent to a block of high-rise flats in Richmond, a new community is flowering. Local people, many of whom have recently arrived in Australia, are meeting in the shared space of their community gardens. In this place, language and cultural barriers disappear as friendships grow. See how in this clip from 2005.

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Rainforest: use a grid map

Use grid references to find places on a map. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Planning for growth in Sydney

Sydney is already Australia's largest city but the outlook is for an increasing population and continuous growth. Looking toward the planning horizon of 2031, a recent government plan has pleased some sections of the community, but it is not without its critics. In this clip from March 2013, see how the state government ...

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How does desalination work?

Perth's water supplies are under pressure. The reason: declining rainfall in the southwest of Western Australia. In this clip, join Peter Rowsthorn as he tours a desalination plant and investigates how to turn sea water into drinking water. With similar plants popping up around Australia, will desalination be the solution ...

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A video postcard from the Kimberley

Everyone loves getting a postcard in the mail, but this video postcard from the Kimberley takes us into the very heart of this remote region of Western Australia. Join Linda Hannig as she journeys through spectacular landscape. See, through the lens of Linda's camera, the features that draw thousands of tourists there every year.

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Mapping the age of discovery

Maps may be used to find treasure but this one is a treasure! A rare map found by chance brings to life one of the most significant voyages in history, when Ferdinand Magellan travelled west from Spain to the East Indies (Indonesia). Although Magellan was killed en route, his crew were the first Europeans to circumnavigate ...

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Treasure hunt

Can you read a map and follow directions? Well if you can chances are you can help us find the buried treasure. You'll need to know right from left, east from west, clockwise from anti-clockwise and over from under. Got all that? See you at Buccaneer's Refuge 'me hearties, arrgh'. Remember X marks the spot!

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Birds and coffee

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities that support an investigation into the impact of different coffee production methods on biodiversity and, in particular, on migratory birds. The resource has seven tabs, six of which are relevant. The first four tabs set out the suggested ...

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Aral Sea more like a desert

How did the Aral Sea go from the fourth-largest lake in the world to resembling a desert? In this clip you will see just how quickly the lake has disappeared, leaving desert sands in its wake and shattering local economies in the process.

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Self-guided trips

This is a rich, multilayered resource about self-guided trips at eight Bush Heritage reserves across Australia. The resource provides information, images and maps about eight self-guided day trips or camping trips including: detailed information about the reserve; advice about the self-guided trip; when to visit; type of ...

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Life-threatening tropical storms

Do you know the difference between cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons? Watch this clip to find out about these violent storms, what causes them and where they occur. Discover more about some of the world's biggest storms and their impact on places like Bangladesh, the USA, and Darwin in Australia. This clip includes an animation ...

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Bike use in Europe is streets ahead

In the German city of Leipzig, it seems as if almost everyone rides a bike. Like many European cities, Leipzig is 'bike friendly' and its residents have taken full advantage. In this clip, the reporter shows us why Europe is streets ahead when it comes to encouraging bike use and investigates what it might take for Australian ...

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East Timor in the grip of drought

The El Nino climatic cycle affects near neighbours East Timor (Timor Leste) and Australia. East Timorese farmers are as familiar with drought as their Australian counterparts but serious economic and social challenges heighten its impact. Watch this 2002 clip to see how the effects of drought are felt throughout East Timor.

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Weather and where we live

This is a unit of work about weather and its effects. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Weather concepts and words; Changes in the sky; Houses to suit the weather; How does the drought affect living things?; and ...

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How is a frog able to swim in trees?

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities about the dependence of plants and animals on each other and the environment for survival. The resource has seven tabs, six of which are relevant. The first four set out the steps in the suggested pedagogical sequence and include ...

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Where do volcanoes occur?

This is an online resource about where volcanoes occur, part of a larger resource about volcanoes. It provides: important information about the occurrence of volcanoes close to the Earth's tectonic plate boundaries; a map showing the Earth's tectonic plate boundaries; and, near the bottom of the screen, a link to a map ...

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Captain James Cook

This sequence of three learning activities about the voyages of Captain James Cook includes a short film, 'Mapping Australia' and uses images of items from the library's collection. Students will curate their own museum. They will develop their skills of historical inquiry and discussion.

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Explorer for ArcGIS: mapping tool app

This is a rich interactive IOS and Android app resource that displays maps from a range of sources and provides tools to manipulate and interrogate the maps. The resource appears as a map with eight main functions: a Maps button providing access to a gallery of maps; an Overview button providing information about the current ...

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LocationSA map viewer

This is an interactive website providing a detailed source of geographic information about the state of South Australia in text and map form, and an interactive tool enabling the user to generate resources and to apply geographic conceptual thinking. It contains a directory of maps at both state and regional levels depicting ...

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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.