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Text What is a cyclone?

TLF ID M012561

This is an online resource about cyclones that provides a definition of a cyclone and information about winds, rainfall and storm surges during a cyclone. Links in the right-hand menu provide additional useful cyclone-related resources including weather and cyclone applications, publications and other related websites. The resource is one part of a larger resource titled 'Cyclone basics'.

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Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for the Landforms and landscapes unit of study in year 8 geography. It is relevant for the content description referring to the impacts of geomorphic hazards. The text under the heading 'What is a cyclone?' is relevant here as it provides information about the damage cyclones inflict on the environment and the community due to the severe winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges.
  • The links provided on the right-hand side of the resource are particularly useful for students at this level. The Australian severe weather association - tropical cyclones link is particularly relevant as it provides students with access to a website tracking tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Name: Geoscience Australia
  • Organization: Geoscience Australia
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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