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Flood

This is an online resource about floods that contains six main sections: Flood basics; Research reports - floods; National Flood Risk Information Report; Australian Flood Risk Information Portal; and Water observations from space. Each section provides important information, maps and images of floods in Australia. Links ...

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A river that gives and takes

On the floodplains of Bangladesh, farmers know a thing or two about change. Soil and nutrients delivered by mighty rivers such as the Ganges during one flood might be stripped away without warning by the next. See how one person's loss might be another person's gain.

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Sleeping giant awakens on Montserrat

The small Caribbean island of Montserrat is home to a volcano that lay dormant for over 300 years until it erupted in 1995. See how years of volcanic activity on the island has changed the landscape. Find out about pyroclastic flows and how dome volcanoes form.

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Land use conflict in NSW national parks

Explore points in a debate about the area set aside as National Park land in NSW. As this clip from 2013 reveals, the debate centres around the value of protecting biodiversity versus the demand for resources such as timber. The clip reflects ways in which different environmental world views can impact the way that the ...

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War of the willows

A willow tree removal program in the ACT has erupted into a war of words. At the heart of this clash of ideas are different opinions about the best way to protect the landscape. While the government sees the willow as a weed, others view it as an important environmental resource. Which environmental world view will prevail?

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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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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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Unconventional approach yields startling success

Peter Andrews uses unconventional methods to 'fix' creeks and unproductive landscapes. He's been blocking up creeks and encouraging weeds to grow! Whilst Peter's ideas about water management have drawn criticism from some quarters, scientific investigations appear to show that he is on the right track.

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Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage area

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and has been world heritage listed by UNESCO. Find out about the World Heritage Convention and the responsibilities of the countries who signed up to maintain heritage listed areas. How has the challenges of maintaining a balance between human activity and ...

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Plan to increase tourism for Cairns

Remarkably, 25 per cent of Australia's World Heritage areas, including the iconic Great Barrier Reef, lie within North Queensland. However, World Heritage listing inevitably brings tourists. This clip explores issues related to the planned dredging of the channel to allow larger cruise ships access to Cairns via Trinity Inlet.

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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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What is a cyclone?

This is an online resource about cyclones that provides a definition of a cyclone and information about winds, rainfall and storm surges during a cyclone. Links in the right-hand menu provide additional useful cyclone-related resources including weather and cyclone applications, publications and other related websites. ...

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Kingdom of the crocodile

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage site in the tropical north of Australia. Bursting with a rich collection of plant, bird, mammal and reptile species, Kakadu is a special place where the Saltwater Crocodile sits at the top of the food chain. Watch this clip to find out about the landscape, climate and life found in Kakadu.

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Global assessment of ecosystems

Have you heard of a global warning system for ecosystems? Watch this clip to find out about a system for assessing all the ecosystems around the world - and what it means for Australia. You will find out about the Murray-Darling Basin and other important Australian ecosystems, as well as the status of the Aral Sea in Central Asia.

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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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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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Trek into Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair

Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage area. Come and see jagged peaks and pristine lakes that were formed thousands of years ago during the last ice age. Find out why the Aboriginal people of this area, the Larmairremener, called Australia's deepest lake 'Leeawuleena'.

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An island where warm waters meet cool

Lord Howe Island lies off the east coast of Australia where warm, tropical seas meet cool currents from the south. Here, a mix of fish suited to warmer waters live together with fish suited to the cooler southern waters. Lord Howe Island has many reasons to be protected, such as being home to the world's most southern coral ...

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Threats to coral reefs: what are they?

Coral reefs are in trouble. Though important ecologically and vital for local communities, they're facing a range of serious threats. Listen to a panel of scientific and community experts discussing the human and natural factors that stress coral reefs around the world. Find out the recipe for how to kill a reef. Then learn ...