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Black coral

This is a colour underwater photograph of black coral. The coral is a light green colour with a black tree-like skeleton. Some small fish are swimming nearby. (Classification - Phylum: Cnidaria; Class: Anthozoa; Order: Antipatheria.)

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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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Science Talk 2007: Martina Doblin

An interview and lab tour with Dr Martina Doblin, a phytoplankton ecologist at UTS. Martina talks to students and their teacher from Concord High School about her work studying microscopic organisms such as the toxic algae that make up harmful algal blooms.

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The Circle: biology

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations to the environment such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food ...

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The Circle: the frozen laboratory

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food web. Explore the geological ...

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Strings of cyanobacteria in ultraviolet light

This photograph of a filamentous cyanobacterium was taken with a microscope using ultraviolet light. Cyanobacteria are blue-green algae, but they have more in common with bacteria than with algae. They contain chlorophyll and a blue pigment and are photosynthetic.

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Synechococcus, a cyanobacterium

This is a photograph of a synechococcus cell, showing some of its internal structures. The internal thylakoid membranes are responsible for the photosynthetic process. This organism belongs to one group of cyanobacteria.

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Producers

This is a collection of 15 digital curriculum resources about the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The collection comprises 13 images and 2 videos. Images identify producers found in various ecosystems and illustrate how typical terrestrial plants use sunlight to produce their own food. Other images show less familiar ...

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Marine ecosystems

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources about the flow of energy and matter in marine ecosystems. The collection comprises 19 images and 6 videos. Images allow students to identify a range of marine producers and consumers and to construct food webs. Some resources show the results of human activity on some ...

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Teaching ideas: ecosystems

This collection, containing 26 digital curriculum resources, allows students to explore aspects of the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The resources comprise teaching sequences, units, worksheets, videos, podcasts and a card game. A variety of contexts is provided to allow students to investigate relationships ...

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Understanding the coral polyp

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison introduces the coral polyp as the foundation of the coral colony. Footage of living polyps is used to demonstrate how plankton prey is captured and digested, and the importance of this critical energy source for the reproduction and survival of the coral reef colony is emphasised.

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'Pounding seas bring novelty in their wake', 1950 - asset 2

This is a clip from silent footage prepared as part of the production process of a segment to be included in the 30 June 1950 weekly episode of Movietone News, a black-and-white newsreel. The clip features huge quantities of foam created by pounding waves that have ravaged the beach at Newport near Sydney. Small children ...