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Listed under:  Science  >  Forces and energy  >  Energy resources  >  Fossil fuels  >  Petroleum
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Reducing motoring emissions

Many businesses need to transport goods or people on a daily basis. Vehicles cause pollution and too many vehicles can result in road congestion. This audio clip describes environmentally friendly modes of transport. Explore the options with Catapult reporter Dominic Jarvis, then decide which might be best for different ...

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Lend-lease petroleum in use in Australia, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing petroleum, probably aviation fuel, being pumped into a tanker truck and two trailers during World War II. The full drums are stored on what appear to be rail freight wagons. The empty ones are stacked alongside. The photograph forms part of the collection of the US Library of ...

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Types of matter: particles

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that what they consist of can be seen. Find whether each substance has particles. For example, discover whether water contains particles. This learning object is the first in a series of six objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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Types of matter: particles [ESL]

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Find whether each substance has particles. For example, discover whether water, aluminium, argon, diamond and other substances contain particles. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases [ESL]

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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'Hammond Visible' hand-powered petrol pump, c1920s

This is a hand-powered Hammond Visible petrol pump produced in Australia in 1924. The red painted metal body is cylindrical with a black base and cap. At the top is a glass-faced measurement device with readings of 1 to 4 gallons marked on it. A metal fitting located below the gauge has a nylon hose attached, with a metal ...

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Refuelling an aeroplane at Tullamarine Airport, 1971

This is a colour image of a tarmac crew refuelling a Boeing 747B aeroplane at the Qantas terminal, Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne. The fuel is being transferred from an Esso refuelling truck. At the same time, a large container bearing the Qantas logo of the time is about to be loaded into the hold of the plane, where two ...

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Golden Fleece service station, Bulleen, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph of a female and two male attendants servicing an EH Holden while the owner sits in the car. The attendants are cleaning the windscreen and checking the motor and the tyre pressure. There is a model of a merino ram on one of the petrol pumps in the background. Pennant flags fly from wires ...

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Standard-Vacuum Refining Company, Horton spheres, Essendon, 1955

This is a 1955 black-and-white image depicting a line of men in front of a row of three Horton spheres. The men are officials from the aviation industry and the Standard-Vacuum Refining Company, and the photograph was taken in Essendon, Victoria. The spherical vessels store light hydrocarbon gases used in the production ...

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Bird's Service Station, Collingwood, 1955

This is a black-and-white photograph from a negative depicting Collingwood Football Club players posing for a publicity photograph for Mobil petroleum at the service station and motor garage of T Bird in Collingwood, Melbourne. Included in the photo is Robert (Bob) Rose - standing at the driver's door of the Holden motor ...

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'Cooking' carbon to make crude oil

Visit the rugged Arabian mountains to see the exposed remains of the bottom of the ancient Tethys ocean, the prehistoric algal soup that gave rise to today's massive oil fields of the Middle East. Hear how oil-source rock laid down in the Jurassic Period changed over millennia as the Earth's surface was re-shaped. Under ...

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Carbon and the origins of crude oil

Follow a carbon atom as the central character in a story about crude oil. Watch as this ancient chemical that has existed since the dawn of time is recycled through all life forms, oceans, rocks and the atmosphere. See the origins of the vast oil fields on which the modern world now depends.

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Greenhouse effect tips toward climate catastrophe

Follow the carbon atom, the central character in this story about oil, as it is released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect. See how other events like melting glaciers amplify that effect and contribute to an increasingly overheated climate. Learn about what might tip us over ...

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Oil from super-greenhouse events

Why did most of the world's oil deposits form at a specific prehistoric time? Learn how overheated super-greenhouse climates caused vast stretches of the world's oceans to stagnate and become depleted of oxygen. Discover the connection between these anoxic events and Earth's oil reserves. Watch scientists investigating ...

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Uncovering oil under Arabian deserts

Listen to concerns in the 1950s about predicted declining oil production in the United States. Hear about the discovery of the world's largest oil field in Saudi Arabia, described as a 'treasure trove of the Jurassic Tethys ocean'. Catch up with the carbon atom that is the central character in the story about crude oil ...

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Addicted to oil, automobiles and petrochemicals

See how crude oil became indispensable to modern life as the transport industry developed and our 'thirst' for oil developed. Find out how petrochemicals derived from oil are contained in virtually everything, from plastics and paints, to pesticides and painkillers.

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Super-fast jet boats

Jet boats can go really fast. Instead of an outboard motor and propeller, jet boats have an inboard engine and they eject a jet of water out the rear of the boat. Watch this clip to see how they work.

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Zou ba! Calendars: activities

Explore how to ask someone what day they will be playing a sport or doing an activity. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Zou ba! Sports: tickets to a soccer match

Watch two friends arranging to see a soccer match, buying tickets and reviewing the game scores. Answer a series of questions. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.