Australian Landforms
A web-based activity exploring the formation of the Australian Landscape


Introduction | Task | Process and Resources | Conclusion |

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Introduction




Australia may be an old worn down continent but it has some very interesting landforms including mountains, islands, rivers and desert. In this activity you are asked to select a landform them do some research about it. You can use library and Internet resources, but remember to keep a list of books and pages you have used.

Task

You will need to include a map to show the location of the landform. Also in your work, describe the landform and include a picture. Then outline

  • how it was formed;
  • what rock types are found there;
  • how the rocks were formed;
  • when it formed;
  • what has happened between the time of formation and the present day; and
  • the meaning of any terms used.

Besides the web sites listed below, some useful references are:
  • Branagan, D. & Packham, G. (2000) Field Geology of New South Wales, NSW: Department of Mineral Resources.
  • Birch, W. D. (1994) Volcanoes in Victoria, Vic: Royal Society of Victoria.




Process and resources

Access the web sites indicated below in order to complete the following tasks. It may not be necessary to access all the web sites. You may find an appropriate answer by visiting one site, however, you may find other resources such as photographs and sketches at some of the alternate web sites. You may find additional information, a different explanation or a different point of view, by visiting a number of the sites. Be sure to read all the questions before starting because you may find the answer to later questions in some of the web sites for earlier questions.

1. On a map of Australia, indicate and name the landscape features listed on the worksheet. Select four landscape features to explore in more detail and use these links to help you complete your task. You can also use the links below to specific landscapes.

2. Australian landscapes

  1. Wave Rock
  2. Wolfe Creek Crater
  3. Great Barrier Reef
  4. Fraser Island
  5. Undara Lava Tunnels
  6. Devils Marbles
  7. Gosses Bluff
  8. Mt Connor
  9. Uluru
  10. Mt Schank
  11. Wilpena Pound
  12. Breadknife and the Warrumbungles
  13. Jenolan Caves
  14. Blue Mountains
  15. Kiama Blowholes
  16. Organ Pipes, Keilor Victoria
  17. Twelve Apostles - stack, limestone
  18. Tower Hill
  19. Mt Field Glaciation
  20. Cradle Mountain

3. Use the links below to check the meaning of terminology so you can accurately describe the types of landforms and their formation.




Conclusion

Your task now is to prepare a brochure or web page on one spectacular landform in Australia highlighting its scenic features, origins and geological significance.


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