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Dermot Henry talks about how earthquakes occur, 2009

This is a video of Dermot Henry, a geologist at Museum Victoria, speaking about earthquakes and how they occur. The video was made in 2009.

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Volcanoes: global - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a world map showing significant volcanic eruptions in historic times. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore the map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and they can also search for images. ...

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Predicting earthquakes

Will scientists ever be able to accurately predict earthquakes? Imagine the number of lives that could be saved if this were possible. Dr Maryanne Demasi joins a group of researchers drilling into one of the most earthquake-prone regions on Earth as they try to improve earthquake prediction to add precious seconds to earthquake ...

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Dr Karl discusses the Earth's heat

Discover the activities deep within the Earth that could seriously impact life on Earth far into the future. Watch this video to find out about the sources of the Earth's own heat. Dr Karl explains clearly just what is below the Earth's surface and what is happening there. As well, he talks about changes in the Sun and ...

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Japanese tsunami's nuclear threat, 2011

Remember the earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 and damaged a nuclear power plant? Find out about the damage caused, what exploded and why, and the aftermath of the disaster. What debates about nuclear power plants were reignited by the events in Japan?

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New Zealand's earthquakes

Damaged buildings, flooded roads, and crashed cars! No, it's not a bad dream; it's actually the aftermath of an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011. Find out about what causes earthquakes, the damage they cause, and why Christchurch was rocked by two quakes within six months. This clip includes footage of earthquake ...

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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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Some mountains are still growing!

Did you know that the mountains of New Zealand are still slowly growing higher and that Australia is gradually moving towards the equator? Discover how the forces constantly at work within the Earth's crust continue to bring change at the surface. Learn through models how rocks are bent and folded or sometimes crack and ...

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Earthquakes and volcanoes

What is the common link between earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves? Watch the damage caused by these catastrophic events and explore evidence that the Earth's continents have moved and are constantly moving. Find out the role that forming 'a new crust' plays in this movement.

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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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Tsunamis

Discover what powerful force triggers a tsunami. In this clip you will see the damage caused by tsunami, and find out why it occurred. Learn about what is happening on the ocean floor and the connection between tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes and tectonic plates. See how a warning centre is working to keep people safe ...

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Volcanoes and people

Imagine living in the shadow of a volcano? Well, millions of people do in Naples, Italy, where a massive volcano called Vesuvius exists. This clip explores the dangers posed by volcanoes and investigates some recent and ancient eruptions. Find out some misconceptions about volcanoes and discover how science is helping prevent ...

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Piecing together the puzzle of plate tectonics

In this clip, seismologist Roderick Stewart provides some firsthand information about data that helps us understand volcanic and earthquake activity. Find out the link between tectonic plate theory and seismology's study of the location of earthquakes and volcanoes. See how seismology helps us to understand Earth's structure.

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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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Ocean deep, mountain high

Ocean trenches are the deepest parts of the ocean. See why their location is a clue to how they were formed. How have mountain chains like the Alps and Himalayas been created? Find the answers to these questions by taking a closer look at what's happening at the world's convergent plate boundaries.

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Lured by fossils

Dinosaur fossils capture the imagination of all kinds of people, leading some to a lifetime of research and theorising. Find out about the devotion of two families whose examination of Australia's fossil record has contributed to understanding the geology and evolution of life here.

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Earth

This learning object provides an introduction to the study of geology. Simple animations provide information about the inner structure of the Earth and the formation of tectonic plates; earthquakes; volcanoes and tsunamis. Each object includes a world map that shows diaster ‘hot spots’ where an a PDF document ‘The story ...

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Secondary science: visual representations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'visual representations' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers assist students to understand ...

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure: assessment

Test your understanding of the Earth's internal structure. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with the seismic exploration of the Earth’s internal structure and the structure of tectonic plates. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Tectonics investigator: plate movement: assessment

Test your understanding of tectonic plate movement. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with evidence of plate movement. Interpret data from magnetic surveys of divergent zones, as well as patterns derived from hotspot traces. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object ...