UniServe Science Earth and Environmental Science Table of Contents

8.3 The Local Environment


Rocks Soils Human impact and habitat destruction
Government Regulation and Planning Biodiversity Virtual field trips as models for local environment investigations

Satellite Maps for Field Trips
Download Google Earthor use WorldWind and print satellite maps of your area. Add your own details and photographs for students to view. Coordinates may be obtained from an atlas or GPS.

Excursions: Environmental Education Centres - list prepared by UniServe Science

Virtual Field Trip - Kiama, NSW - prepared by UniServe Science as an example of a local area study

Wingecarribee - The Collapse of Wingecarribee Wetlands: An Australian Environmental Tragedy - from the University of Wollongong and Robertson Environment Protection Society

Australian Alps Education Kit - was produced by the Australian Alps Liaison Committee as part of its program to increase awareness of the Alps. Topics include Geology and Geomorphology, Soils, Vegetation and Fauna of the Australian Alps

Rocks are formed from different materials

Geological History - of Olympic Park, from Sydney Olympic Park

Regional Geology of NSW Sedimentary basins - from Department of Primary Industries

Regional Geology of NSW orogens- from NSW Geological Survey

Bioregions of NSW - from National Parks Service includes some geological information in the Overviews, and maps of the areas available as .pdf documents.

Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals and Textures - from Virtual Geology at the University of North Carolina- images of thin sections of rocks and minerals

Introduction to Igneous Petrology - from University of Edinburgh

Ask GeoMan... - from University of Oregon- series of FAQ

What is the Earth - series of Fact Sheets from Australia Museum

Shaping the Earth further series of information sheets looking at the processes that shape the Earth, including plate tectonics, volcanism and weathering of rocks.

Intrusive Rocks - from Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador

Igneous Rocks - from James Madison University

Rock cycle - including good interactive and classroom activities - from University of Indiana

UBC Earth and Ocean Sciences Image Gallery - search for images of volcanoes, basalt, andesite, granite etc.


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Soils

Australian Soil Poster - from Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program and CSIRO, pdf (2.3MB)

Salinity - advice and topics in salinity management from NSW Department of Primary Industries: Agriculture

Soil Health and Fertility - from NSW Department of Primary Industries: Agriculture

The Soil Profile Attribute Data Environment (SPADE):

Sodicity - a dirty word in Australia - from Nova, Australian Academy of Science

Monitoring the white death - soil salinity - from Nova, Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Soil Classification - from the Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program (ACLEP) at CSIRO

Managing soil and land - from NSW Department Natural Resources

Salinity: Australia's Silent Flood - a documentary from the ABC, with transcripts and educational activities

The World of Soil

Reducing soil erosion - from the NSW Department of Conservation and the Environment (pdf 180kB)

The Pedosphere and its Dynamics - Chapter 1 What is Soil? available online (pdf 1.4MB)


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Human Impact and habitat destruction

Remnants
Remnants is an online interactive exercise/game designed to teach you about the kinds of land use and environmental variables that impact on birds in Australia's temperate woodlands.

 


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Government Regulation and Planning

Land and Water Australia - from Australian Government

National Action Plan for Environmental Education - from the Department of the Environment and Heritage

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Publications - index of a series of publications regarding lesgislation

Australian Rangeland Society - Western Australia

What is the NRSP? - (National Reserve System Program) from the Department of the Environment and Heritage

Australian Water Association
http://www.awa.asn.au/

Water - from NSW EPA

Water Quality - from Sydney Water

Sydney Catchment Authority

Natural Resources and Climate - from NSW Department of Primary Industries: Agriculture

The Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability NSW

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery - from NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change

Fact Sheets - from Environmental Defender's Office New South Wales (Ltd)

Living Greener Links - from Clean Up Australia

National Parks and Wildlife NSW

Mining and the Environment- from NSW Department of Primary Industries: Minerals

Compliance and enforcement - from the Department of the Environment and Heritage

Land management - from the Department of the Environment and Heritage

Ecological Sustainable Development - a concept map for sustainable development - shows the stages in development of a concept map with details for the theme area of sustainable development - gives a good overview of the topic.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


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Biodiversity and Sustainability

Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010–2020: Consultation draft (pdf 2.18MB) general information about biodiversity and the Australian context

Biodiversity - from the Department of the Environment and Heritage

The Biodiversity Series - from Department of Environment and Water Resources

Biodiversity Publications - from Department of the Environment and Water Resources

Sustainability Education in Australia- from Department of the Environment and Water Resources

Teaching for a sustainable world: international edition A series of online modules on various topics in this theme area. Includes full resources plus activities.

REIMBURSING THE FUTURE: An evaluation of motivational, voluntary, price-based, property-right, and regulatory incentives for the conservation of biodiversity - from Department of Environment and Heritage

Eco'tude - from Powerhouse Museum. Measure your school's ecological footprint. - interactive activity

Biodiversity Conservation - from the Waite Conservation Reserve, The University of Adelaide

Biodiversity Strategy, Victoria - from Natural Resources & Environment

Flora for Fauna - from Gould League

Biodiversity Page - from Nature Conservation Council

Biodiversity Fact Sheets - from Australian Museum - links to different articles adn information sheets.

Endangered Species

Threatened Species and Ecological Communities - from Department of the Environment and Heritage

Back from the Brink: Refining the Threatened Species Recovery Process - from Department of the Environment and Water Resources

Threatened Species Network - from World Wildlife Fund Australia

Threatened Species: species, populations and ecological communities of NSW - from Department of the Environment and Conservation

EPBC Act List of Threatened Fauna - from Department of the Environment and Water Resources

NSW Endangered Species

Southern Brown Bandicoot - from - Department of the Environment and Water Resources

Green and Golden Bell Frog - profile - from - Department of the Environment and Conservation; Fact File from Wildlife of Sydney, Australian Museum

Cumberland Land Snail - profile - from - Department of the Environment and Conservation

Australia's threatened species - from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science


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Virtual field trips as models for local environment investigations

Commissioner of the Environment - Australian Capital Territory - State of the Environment Annual Reports 1997 - 2004

The Sydney Basin - from Australian Museum

Towra Point Mangrove Excursion - from The University of Sydney

Ecosystem at Risk Virtual Fieldtrip - Minnamurra Rainforest, from HSC online

Destination: galapagos islands - analyze local water samples for salinity, dissolved oxygen and pH and local soil samples for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content; pH and temperature and compare your results to samples from the Galapagos Islands

Vegetation of Mt Field National Park and the South-West Tasmania Wilderness Area - from University of Tasmania

Virtual Fieldwork - Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre - from NSW Department of Education


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