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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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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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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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Experiencing an earthquake in Japan

How would your family react if Australia was hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami? This story is about 13-year-old Hiroshi who experienced the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. Hiroshi shows a home video and describes what conditions were like for those living in Japan immediately after the event. See how Hiroshi ...

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Are ocean waves increasing in size?

Evidence suggests that our climate is changing, potentially affecting our world in different ways. This clip explores a growing interest in the relationship between changes in atmospheric circulation patterns and the height of ocean swells around the world. Find out how a variation in wave heights may affect Australia's coastline.

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A swell day for surfing

Want to catch the perfect wave? Then you'll need to know a little about the role wind plays in the formation of waves. Who better to learn from than Andrew 'Windy' Miller, a keen geographer who just happens to run a surf school in Cornwall, UK. Learn more about the science behind an ocean swell.

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Sloping beaches and the perfect wave

Learning to surf? You'd want to start out on a gentle wave, right? But once you get the hang of it, you'd be looking for a bigger challenge! This clip will guide your search for the perfect wave and help you understand the relationship between waves and the features of a beach.

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Eroding more than sand in coastal towns

In English coastal villages, erosion by wind and waves has washed away great swathes of land. What drives this process? Can anything be done to protect people's homes against the merciless power of the elements?

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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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Changing faces: three interviews

Help three people from different backgrounds answer questions at a job interview. Notice that the employer's questions are emotionally loaded and suggest stereotypes about gender, age, work status and children. Choose emotionally calm responses that focus on ability and experience rather than assumptions. This learning ...

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Changing faces: two interviews

Help two people from different backgrounds answer questions at a job interview. Notice that the employer's questions are emotionally loaded and suggest stereotypes about gender, age, work status and children. Choose emotionally calm responses that focus on ability and experience rather than assumptions. This learning object ...

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Wave Maker: making waves

Generate waves in a wave tank. Simulate the production of ocean waves by wind. Experiment to find how the speed, duration and fetch of the wind affect the size and wavelength of the waves. Compile a report of your findings. This learning object is one in a series of three learning objects.

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Wave Maker: wave power

Generate waves in a wave tank. Measure the power carried by waves. Experiment to find how the wave power is related to the amplitude and wavelength of the waves. Compile a report of your findings. This learning object is one in a series of three learning objects.

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Wave Maker: breaking waves

Generate waves in a wave tank. Investigate types of wave break such as spilling, plunging and surging breakers. Find the coastal landforms suited for creating surfing waves. Compile a report of your findings. This learning object is one in a series of three learning objects.

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Getting that job: quiz

Answer questions about job seeking strategies. For example, identify why it is important to set goals. Score points for correct answers and collect bonus stars as you move around a board. Play the game by yourself or compete against another player. The questions are based on career information on the myfuture website.

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Gus Nossal speaks on being a research scientist, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of one of Australia's best known research scientists and immunologists, Sir Gustav Nossal, outlining his views on medical research. He discusses the qualities necessary for a person to be a successful scientific researcher and talks about the nature and future of science research, suggesting ...

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Plate tectonics and earth structure - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea introduces students to geology. They learn about the Earth's structure and theories of plate tectonics. Students are supported in making links between plate tectonics and geological features and events. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Thrill of the Surf, 1949: Surfing, a national sport

This black-and-white clip shows surfing on Sydney's Bondi Beach in 1949 and includes scenes of surfboard building, surfers riding the waves towards the shore on the long surfboards popular at the time, surf ski riders and a rescue by surf-lifeguards. Final footage includes close-up action shots filmed alongside riders in ...

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Tsunamis

This collection of ten digital curriculum resources about tsunamis is organised into four categories: aftermath of the 2004 tsunami; victim identification; developing ideas to assist tsunami survivors; and tectonic plates. There are images of destruction in Banda Aceh and Thailand, and of a scientist displaying DNA results ...

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Fun in the waves, Manly Beach, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of people at the 'children's end' of Manly Beach, Sydney, in 1956. About a dozen people are surfing an oncoming wave, some riding it on Li-Los. Other people are wading in the shallows. Buildings and trees are in the background.