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Listed under:  Science  >  Earth and space  >  Atmosphere  >  Weather  >  Precipitation (Weather)
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Seeding clouds to make rain and snow

Imagine if we could control the weather. Find out how scientists are already at work making clouds rain when and where they want. It's called cloud seeding. Watch this clip to understand how cloud seeding works, and where it is being used in Australia.

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Life on our ever-changing creek

Imagine if you lived near a creek and it began to rain heavily. What might be the possible consequences of rising water levels?  How might you go about preparing to deal with it? How did the family in this video deal with a bridge getting destroyed?

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Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Snow drifts and hikers at the Great Dividing Range, c1900

This is a full silver gelatin plate glass negative called 'Snow drifts, the Main Divide, Kosciusko' taken by the Australian photographic studio Kerry and Co, Sydney, at some time between 1884 and 1917. The negative shows snow on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range near the summit of Kosciuszko. A group of hikers in the ...

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Aerial view of the Kodak factory showing the Yarra River in flood, 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph, taken in 1934, showing the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Shot from the roof of one of the factory buildings, the photograph shows the impact of the flood on the Kodak factory. Previously stored timber floats around part of the site's perimeter, ...

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View of the Kodak factory showing the Yarra River in flood, 1934

This is a black-and-white gelatin photograph, taken in December 1934, that shows the Yarra River in flood. The Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, is visible in the background. The branches of half-submerged trees can be seen above the floodwaters. The chimney of the Kodak factory's Powerhouse is visible on the far ...

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Two men wade through water at the flooded Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, probably in either 1923 or 1934. The photograph shows two men, probably factory workers, positioned in the doorway of a flooded factory building as they wade through thigh-high water. A corrugated iron ...

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Staff walk across roofs during floods at the Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, in about 1923 or 1934. It shows an aerial view of factory staff walking across the roofs of Kodak factory buildings to observe the damage and avoid the flood water. A pile of debris such as tree branches and timber ...

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'Working together to save water' booklet, 2003

This illustrated 18-page booklet promotes water conservation. It was published in October 2003 by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. On the blue-and-white cover, the title of the booklet, 'Working together to save water', is set against a background design of water rippling. At the bottom right ...

Teacher resource

Activity: a global crisis?

This is a web resource about the availability of fresh water in Australia and other countries that includes a student activity accompanied by a teacher guide providing background information and a lesson plan. A student worksheet provides activity instructions and a lotus diagram for the students to complete. The activity ...

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Turning stormwater into groundwater

Imagine how much your life would change if your water supply ran out. Yet, when it rains, so much water is lost as it runs into stormwater drains. Watch as scientists talk about re-directing stormwater to recharge a groundwater aquifer. Listen as they describe how they can use a natural system to remove contaminants from ...

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Autobiography of a flood survivor

Imagine if the town or suburb you live in came under threat due to a natural disaster. How would you react? Shelby Garlick from Kerang, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to her inspiring story and explore the lessons she learnt as a result of working with her ...

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Making a rain gauge

How do you feel about the rain? This clip explains why rain is so important to farmers. You will see how to make a rain gauge and use it to measure how much rain falls. Farmers measure rainfall so they know when to do different jobs on their farms.

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Where does rain come from?

Rain comes from clouds but do you know how rain gets into clouds? This clip shows how clouds are formed (made). You will see how important the Sun is in making it rain.

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Sowing crops after floods

Natural disasters such as flooding can create havoc for farmers who rely on favourable growing conditions for high yields. This clip shows some Australian farmers responding to floods that have affected their crop production. See how they deal with these and other weather-related impacts.

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Highway or floodway?

In the city of Rockhampton the floodwaters are on their way - again. Many locals appear to be convinced that floods are becoming more frequent. This clip from January 2013 weighs up the economic impact of continued flooding against the cost of taking action to 'flood-proof' central Queensland's Rockhampton once and for all.

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A flood of suffering

How does a community bounce back after devastating floods in 2013? This clip investigates the impact of flood cycles in the citrus-growing areas around Queensland's Burnett River. What type of support will help to improve the resilience of communities in this region and their capacity to cope?

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Anatomy of a raindrop

The water cycle is the circulation of water on, in and above Earth and it involves a number of stages and changes of state. This clip describes the water cycle and also how modern technology has contributed to our understanding of the shape of raindrops and its relationship to precipitation. Discover how raindrop shape ...