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The water cycle

This is a digital version of a chapter from a textbook about the natural processes that cycle water through the biosphere and the factors that affect the water cycle. Using text and diagrams, the resource discusses the importance of water to life on Earth, the physical and biological processes involved in the water cycle, ...

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The water cycle for kids

This interactive resource is a pictorial water-cycle diagram accompanied by an explanation. The resource shows an illustration of a landscape with stylised water drops representing changes of state such as precipitation and evaporation. The visual style is designed to be engaging to children. Simplified versions of the ...

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The water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

This lesson sequence introduces students to the water cycle or hydrological cycle in the context of the Murray-Darling Basin. It examines how the components of the water cycle are connected and contains four hands-on science investigations. Each lesson includes a teacher PowerPoint presentation, separate teacher notes and ...

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The water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

This 12 minute video explains the water cycle in the context of the Murray Darling Basin and the great variability in rainfall in the region causing frequent floods and droughts. It highlights the importance of the rivers in the Murray Darling Basin for agriculture, environmental health, water supply, habitat for migratory ...

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Water licence buyback to protect river health

Did you know that farmers can buy and sell the water they use to irrigate their crops? However, taking too much water from the Murray-Darling river basin can have an impact on all of us. Discover how, in 2008, the Australian Government entered the water trading market to buy water back for the benefit of the river system ...

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Wetlands clean up stormwater

Imagine how much water flows through stormwater drains after rain. Follow the efforts of Salisbury Council in Adelaide after it built a network of wetlands that use natural processes to remove pollutants from stormwater before it reaches the sea.

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Recycled water for everyday use

Imagine having water supplied to your home which includes recycled water. Discover how the Salisbury Council in Adelaide is supplying recycled water at a fraction of the cost to households and industry in order to reduce the city's reliance on the Murray River for water.

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Underground storage for recycled stormwater

How can we use recycled stormwater? See how a council in Adelaide, capital of the driest state in Australia, captures, purifies and stores stormwater underground before it's re-used. Listen to a wool processor describe how important this recycled water is to the success of his business.

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Water recycling: wastewater to wealth

Discover the real value of treated sewerage - it's not just dirty water! Watch as changes in regulations push a Queensland water authority to install a wastewater reuse system that plugs the drain to the sea. Marine life is protected and treated wastewater is redirected to more productive uses.

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Water recycling: productive use of wastewater

What are the options of reusing treated sewage instead of pumping it out to sea? Watch as the Wide Bay Water Corporation in Queensland describes how it has found new ways to use the wastewater to generate extra income and to attract new business to the region.

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From stormwater to drinking water

Imagine turning stormwater into drinking water by pumping it underground. Explore the possibilities with the CSIRO and Salisbury Council in Adelaide in a research project that uses natural processes to remove contaminants from the water. You'll see why this project is attracting international interest.

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Managing groundwater for tomorrow

Seventy percent of Perth's water comes from underground. Imagine what would happen if that source of water dried up. It's a real possibility if the impact of the climate and human activity is not carefully managed. Watch as scientists show what causes groundwater levels to fall and the effect that has on the Earth's ecosystems. ...

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Water scarcity

Water is one of the world's most important resources and over seven billion people across the planet rely on it. This collection looks at why global scarcity of water is a serious concern and what we can do in our homes and gardens to conserve it.

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Water quality and the Murray-Darling Basin

This lesson sequence examines the issue of water quality in the Murray-Darling Basin: why it is important, what are the indicators of water quality and ways to monitor water quality. It includes a teacher PowerPoint presentation, separate teacher notes and a student worksheet. This lesson sequence is one in a series exploring ...

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Groundwater

This is an online resource about Australia's groundwater that provides important information, facts and images about groundwater. It contains seven major sections: Latest news about Australia's groundwater; Basics - groundwater; Our capabilities - groundwater; Groundwater in Australia; Understanding groundwater resources; ...

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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 ...

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Science for a hungry world

How vital is water to food production? What would happen if we ran out of readily available water? This is a real possibility for some countries that rely heavily on groundwater to grow crops and sustain local population. By observing the gravity of the Earth, NASA satellites have been able to track the changes in the amount ...

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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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Water, water everywhere!

What is the water cycle? Follow a water molecule as it journeys from the ocean to the atmosphere then back to earth. People and climate can affect the water cycle. How do they do this?

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Bushfires affect river water

Bushfires have a serious impact on forests, but how might they affect the water supply in a major river system? Watch this 2008 clip to find out why bushfires are likely to result in much less water downstream in the Murray-Darling river system. Discover why this is only going to get worse in the future, and learn about ...