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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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'Aquarius 1841'

This is a pen, ink and crayon drawing, measuring 18.8 cm x 26.8 cm, of a man driving a horse and cart, on the back of which is a full water barrel. Buildings and trees are sketched in the background and at the top right is a set of signalling flagpoles. A handwritten inscription at the bottom of the picture reads: 'Aquarius ...

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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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Dry weather in Melbourne, 1882

This is a black-and-white drawing in pen and ink depicting a street scene in Melbourne in 1882. It is captioned 'Dry weather in Melbourne suburbs, no water in the houses'. Measuring 10.0 cm x 15.5 cm, the drawing shows a range of activities involving men, women and children. One man appears to be struggling under the weight ...

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Water security: a 'tipping point', 2013

Just as scientists talk about a climate 'tipping point', water experts have issued a similar warning for global water systems. Listen to this audio clip to find out what this tipping point means for water resources and security around the world. You'll hear from two of the world's leaders on water security, after their ...

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Where does wastewater go?

Most of us have probably wondered about where our wastewater goes after it flows down the drain. In this clip, visit a wastewater treatment plant in Victoria with Peter Rowsthorn to search for answers. See how controlled water flows and biological processes are used to help clean up sewage and wastewater before it is released ...

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Sites2See – water education

Resources and information on water as a human right, global water equality, water management and water consumption, with a range of teacher resources for water education.

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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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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 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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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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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 ...

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Environmental implications of new Cotter Dam

A new, larger wall is being constructed at Canberra's Cotter Dam. It will markedly increase the dam's storage capacity and help to ensure the sustainability of Canberra's water supply. However, important environmental work has been taking place behind the original dam wall. This clip investigates techniques used to carefully ...

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Show me the water!

Where does the water in your tap come from? Fresh water accounts for only 3% of the earth's water supply and only 1% of that is available to us in lakes and rivers or in the atmosphere. But how much do we use for drinking water and what else do we use fresh water for? Watch this video to find out how NASA's Global Precipitation ...

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Tassie be dammed: agriculture and water supply

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. The plan includes increasing both water storage capacity and the distribution of water to farming communities. In this clip, farmers describe the effects of drought and explain what they see as the benefits ...

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Disappearing lakes

Discover the impact that the drying of the Murray Darling river system is having on the bird life in the lower lakes where the river reaches the sea. Find out why it is drying up and consider some alternative ideas for bringing water back to the lakes. But there's no easy solution, river managers try to balance human needs ...

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A river that gives and takes

On the floodplains of Bangladesh, farmers know a thing or two about change. Soil and nutrients delivered by mighty rivers such as the Ganges during one flood might be stripped away without warning by the next. See how one person's loss might be another person's gain.