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8.3.1 Ecosystems at Risk
Coastal dunes Freshwater wetlands Inter-tidal wetlands Coral reefs
Arid areas Alpine areas Rainforests Temperate forests

General information

Ecosystems at risk - from NSW HSC Online
http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/geography/#111006

Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk Project (HEAR) - from USGS
http://www.hear.org/

Case studies - from Futurity
http://www.futurityinc.com/cases.htm

Regions at risk: comparisons of threatened environments - from the United Nations University
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/uu14re/uu14re00.htm

Invasive Alien Species Case Studies - from Convention on Biological Diversity
http://www.biodiv.org/programmes/cross-cutting/alien/case-studies.asp

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science: Case Collection - from State University of New York at Buffalo
http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm

Bugs, Beasts and Biodiversity: Exploring Biodiversity in the South-west of Western Australia - 6 case studies from Australian Association for Environmental Education
http://www.aaee.org.au/docs/WAbugs/bugsbeasts.htm

Fragile ecosystems and their functioning - from Macquarie University
http://www.es.mq.edu.au/hsc/fra_eco1/

Australian Wildlife and Natural History - from Gulliver Film Productions
http://www.gullivermedia.com.au/wildlife.html


Coastal dunes

Coastal Dune Ecology - from Green Nature
http://greennature.com/article231.html

Coastal Change Hazards - from U.S. Geological Survey
http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/

Coastal Erosion, Beach Loss, and Coral Reef Degredation - from University of Hawaii Sea Grant College program
http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/SEAGRANT/bmpm/coastal_erosion.html

COAST AND MARINE - from Landcare NSW
http://www.landcarensw.org/NSWissues-coast.htm


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Freshwater wetlands

Case study: Wingecarribee Swamp

The collapse of Wingecarribee wetlands: An Australian environmental tragedy - from the Robertson Environment Protection Society
http://homepage.mac.com/herinst/wingecarribee/home.html

Ecosystems at Risk: wetlands - from Wetlands Environmental Education Centre, Newcastle
http://www.wetlands-e.schools.nsw.edu.au/worksheets/ecosystems_at_risk.htm

Icons under threat: Kakadu - special feature from The Age newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/icons-under-threat-kakadu/2005/11/14/1131951093363.html

Watershed Ecological Risk Assessment - from US Environmental Protection Agency
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/weracs.cfm?ActType=default

Caring for our natural resources: Wetlands - from NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation
http://www.environment.gov.au/water/environmental/wetlands/

Wetlands and Floodplains - from NSW Fisheries
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/habitat/aquatic-habitats/wetland

Ramsar wetlands sites - from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/content/ramsar+wetlands

What are wetlands? - from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/What_are_wetlands

Wetlands - from Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
http://www.environment.gov.au/water/environmental/wetlands/index.html

Changing water regimes and wetland habitat on the Lower Murrumbidgee floodplain - from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/content/changing+water+regimes+and+wetland+habitat+on+the+lower+murrumbidgee+floodplain


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Inter-tidal wetlands

USGS - National Wetlands Research Center - from U.S. Geological Survey
http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/factshts/nwrcfact.pdf

Coastal Wetlands and Global Change: Overview - from U.S. Geological Survey
http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/climate/fs89_97.pdf


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Coral reefs

Ecosystems at risk - Case study: the Great Barrier Reef - from Sydney Aquarium
http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/AquaSchool/CLA030_14_1_2.pdf

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from reefED, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
http://www.reefed.edu.au/

Coral bleaching - will global warming kill the reefs? - an online activity from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science
http://www.science.org.au/nova/076/076key.htm

Icons under threat: Great Barrier Reef - special feature from The Age newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/news/general/icons-under-threat-great-barrier-reef/2005/11/17/1132016868241.html

Reefs at Risk - from World Resources Institute
http://www.wri.org/reefsatrisk/

ReefBase - a Global Information System on coral reefs
http://www.reefbase.org/

National Coral Reef Institute - from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
http://www.nova.edu/ocean/ncri/

U.S. Coral Reefs - Imperiled National Treasures - from U.S. Geological Survey
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2002/fs025-02/

Coastal and marine areas - from GEO: Global Environment Outlook
http://www.grida.no/geo/geo3/english/313.htm

Coral Reefs - from U.S. Geological Survey
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/coralreefs/


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Arid areas

Deserts - from Geoscience Australia
http://www.ga.gov.au/education/geoscience-basics/landforms/deserts.jsp

Arid and semi-arid lands: Characteristics and importance - from Community Adaptation and Sustainable Livelihood
http://www.iisd.org/casl/ASALProjectDetails/ASAL.htm

The Desert Biome - from University of California Berkeley
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/deserts.html

Australasia - from National Geographic, scroll down to Deserts & Xeric Shrublands
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/wildworld/profiles/terrestrial_aa.html


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Alpine areas

Alpine Ecosystems - from Riverina Environmental Education Centre
http://www.reec.nsw.edu.au/geo/alpine/text/alp0.htm

Alps Network For Protected Areas - from the Alpine Network For Protected Areas
http://www.alparc.org/

Australian Alps education kit - from Australian Alps National Parks, Deparment of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.australianalps.environment.gov.au/publications/edukit/

Icons under threat: The Alps - special feature from The Age newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/news/general/icons-under-threat-the-alps/2005/11/18/1132016933810.html


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Rainforests

Ecosystems at Risk: Virual Field Trip - a virtual field trip to Minnamurra Falls, Southern Highlands from HSC Online
http://hsc.csu.edu.au/geography/ecosystems/case_studies/mmfweb/index.html

Icons under threat: The Rainforest - special feature from The Age newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/news/general/icons-under-threat-the-rainforest/2005/11/16/1132016804680.html

Rainforest CRC
http://www.rainforest-crc.jcu.edu.au/

Australian Rainforest Conservation Society
http://www.rainforest.org.au/

Rainforest Action Network
http://ran.org/

Rainforest Research - from CSIRO
http://www.cse.csiro.au/research/rainforests.htm

Rainforest Information - from The Rainforest Information Centre
http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/background/welcome.htm


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Temperate forests

Where have all the forests gone? - from CSIRO Office of Space Science & Applications - Earth Observation Centre
http://www.cossa.csiro.au/lb/lbbook/forest/forest1.htm

Towards Forest Sustainability - from CSIRO
http://www.publish.csiro.au/samples/TowardsForestSample.pdf

Forests - from The Wilderness Society
http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/forests/

Forests - from GEO: Global Environment Outlook
http://www.grida.no/geo/geo3/english/177.htm

Mundulla Yellows - a new tree-dieback threat - from Environment South Australia
http://www.ccsa.asn.au/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=129

Mundulla Yellows - from ABC: Landline
http://www.abc.net.au/landline/stories/s314378.htm

Mundulla Yellows - A Simple Case of Poisoning - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL27/sep02-5.html

Forests, grasslands and drylands - from World Resources Institute
http://forests.wri.org/index.cfm


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