2006 The International Year of Deserts and Desertification
 Australia: Our Dry Continent


Official web sites for the International Year of Deserts and Desertification

International Year of Deserts and Desertification - UNESCO site
http://www.iydd.org/

International Year of Deserts and Desertification - from Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/events/iydd/

National Science Week - information site, theme for 2006 is Australia: The Dry Continent
http://www.scienceweek.info.au

General

Resources for School Libraries - for The International Year of Deserts and Desertification from the International Association of School Librarians
http://www.iasl-slo.org/deserts.html

Deserts

Deserts: Geology and Resources - from United States Geological Survey
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/deserts/

Africa and Middle East

The living desert the wildlife of Saudi Arabia - from Saudi Arabia fact File
http://www.exploresaudiarabia.com/factfile/file04.htm

Learn about Arabia: Adapt & survive - series of 6 worksheets about the Arabian desert with teachers' notes, from Explore Saudi Arabia
http://www.exploresaudiarabia.com/learn/adapt/as_default.htm

North America

Desert Plants & Wildflowers - from Desert
USA
http://www.desertusa.com/flora.html

Desert Animals & Wildlife - from Desert USA
http://www.desertusa.com/animal.html

Desert Plant Adaptations - general information from Desert USA
http://www.desertusa.com/du_plantsurv.html

Desert Animal Survival - general information from Desert USA
http://www.desertusa.com/survive.html

Desertification

Learning to Combat Desertification - an extensive resource (260 pages) to teach about desertification. This teaching kit from UNESCO and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification includes background information on the causes and effects of desertification and possible solutions. Each topic has a short description and suggested classroom activities. There are a number of case studies from around the world were progress is being made in restoring land. There are also classroom materials such as story books, cartoons and posters. All sections of the teaching guide are supprted with glossaries.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001258/125816e.pdf

The Basic facts - from from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
http://www.unccd.entico.com/english/basicfacts.htm

Down to Earth - A simplied guide to the Convention to Combat Desertification (PDF), from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
http://www.unccd.entico.com/pdfs/publications/downtoearth.pdf

"Making a difference" - Stories from Local Communities - some short case histories, from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, download in pdf
http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/localcommunities/stories.php
also available online
http://www.unccd.entico.com/english/mak-diff.htm

Facts and Figures: Desertification and Drought - from UNESCO
http://www.wateryear2003.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=5137&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html

Fact Sheets on UNCCD - from United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, topics include Causes of Desertification and Consequences of Desertification
http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/factsheets/menu.php

Points of View: Desertification - a series of observations from a variety of sources, from New Agriculturist Online
http://www.new-agri.co.uk/00-6/pov.html

Desertification - from The Physical Environment, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/geog101/textbook/biogeography/desertification.html

Desertification - from United States Geological Survey
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/deserts/desertification/

What causes desertification? - from Desertification, Drought, Poverty and Agriculture: A Research Consortium
http://www.ddpa.net/what-causes.htm

Desertification, drought and their consequences - from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
http://www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo/sustdev/EPdirect/EPan0005.htm

Desertification: the scourge of Africa - by Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh, a leading authority on desertification issues and Professor of Geography at Kenyatta University
http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/tiempo/issue08/desert.htm

Desertification: Earth's Silent Scourge - an Issue in Focus, from USInfo
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/desertific/

Desertification in Arid Lands - from Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University
http://www.ciesin.org/docs/002-193/002-193.html

Desertification fact sheet - the Australian scene, from Community Activist Technology
http://www.cat.org.au/wed/desert-fact.html

The Desertification of Australia - from Central Queensland University
http://humanities.cqu.edu.au/geography/GEOG11024/week_6.htm

Desertification in Africa, Asia and Australia: Causes, consequences, solutions - by Williams, Martin, University of Adelaide, from Atlas Conference
http://atlas-conferences.com/cgi-bin/abstract/camu-33

Australian Actions to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation - from Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/land/publications/actions/domestic3.html

Man-Induced Desertification? - from United Nations University
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/lecture12.html

Case Study: Aral Sea

State of Environment of the Aral Sea Basin - from Environment in Central Asia
http://enrin.grida.no/aral/aralsea/index.htm

The Aral Sea Home Page - from German Remote Sensing Data Center DFD
http://www.dfd.dlr.de/app/land/aralsee/index.html

The Aral Sea Area Desertification Change-Detection Study - from San Diego State University
http://www.geology.sdsu.edu/facilities/carre/carre_study.html

THE ARAL SEA - from Visualising Earth, University of California, San Diego
http://visearth.ucsd.edu/VisE_Int/aralsea/

South Aral Sea 'gone in 15 years' - an article from New Scientist
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn3947

THE ARAL SEA: BACK FROM THE BRINK? - from UNESCO
http://www.unesco.org/courier/2000_01/uk/planete/txt1.htm

"Desertification" of the Sahel-- Exploring the Role of Property Rights - an Economists view from Freedom Works
http://www.freedomworks.org/informed/issues_template.php?issue_id=1793

From the Dust Bowl to the Sahel - from NASA
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Study/DustBowl/

ARCTIC TO ARAL - one proposed solution from Ecoworld
http://www.ecoworld.com/Home/Articles2.cfm?TID=378

Desert Channel, Queensland

Desert Channels Report Card - from Department of Natural Resources
http://www.nrm.gov.au/state/qld/desert-channels/publications/report-card/

Case Study: Sahel

Desertification - a threat to the Sahel - from the Eden Foundation
http://www.eden-foundation.org/project/desertif.html

Australia: Our Dry Continent

Australia's Arid Lands - from CRC Centre for Arid Zone Research, CSIRO
http://www.cazr.csiro.au/aridlands.htm

Australia - Climate of Our Continent - from Bureau of Meteorology
http://www.bom.gov.au/lam/climate/levelthree/ausclim/zones.htm

Australia - Climate of Our Continent - from Bureau of Meteorology, pdf file of above
http://www.bom.gov.au/info/leaflets/ourcont.pdf

Extremes: Survival in the Great Deserts of the Southern Hemisphere - a special exhibition at the national Museum of Australia, with accompanying teaching kit and fact sheets
http://www.nma.gov.au/schools/school_resources/free_resources_temporary_exhibitions/extremes/

What is a desert? - includes adaptations of plants and animals, from National Museum of Australia
http://www.nma.gov.au/libraries/attachments/schools/resources/extremes/extremes_kit_science/files/9087/Extremes%20kit%20science.pdf

Australian rivers going down the drain - from ABC Landline program
http://www.abc.net.au/news/features/river/paroo3.htm

Australia's rivers - a special feature from Environment 2003, Australian Bureau of Statistics
http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/a301124cdaa05be4ca256cae001599c5?OpenDocument

Desert - Supplementary information - Australian desert plants and animals and their adaptations, from SA Museum
http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/water/tesdes2.htm

Desert Biome - includes Desert Plants & Desert Animals from Kid Cyber, Australian content
http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/biomedes2.htm

Biomes: Deserts - from Exploring the Environment, Classroom of the Future
http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/desert.html

Australian Deserts

Deserts - from Geosciences Australia
http://www.ga.gov.au/education/facts/landforms/geogarea.htm

Facts about Desert Australia - from Desert Knowledge and Desert Knowledge Australia CRC
http://www.desertknowledge.com.au/dka/documents/Facts%20about%20Desert%20Australia.pdf

Simpson Desert

Simpson Desert, Australia - from Kid Cyber
http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/Simpsdest.htm

Simpson desert (AA1308) - from National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/aa/aa1308.html

Channel Country - Biodiversity - from National Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Channel+Country+-+biodiversity

Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields - from National Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Simpson-Strzelecki+Dunefields+-+biodiversity

Desert Channels Report Card - from Department of Natural Resources
http://www.nrm.gov.au/state/qld/desert-channels/publications/report-card/

WebQuests and other online activities
A Desertification WebQuest - from New Mexico State University
http://education.nmsu.edu/webquest/wq/deserti/Desertification.html

The Living Desert: Wildlife Park - a webquest for Primary aged children, from East Side Union High School Educators
http://teacher.esuhsd.org/webquests/webquests/living_desert/WQ055.html

Where will the Sahara be in 100 years? - a WebQuest from Shelby County Schools, Tennessee
http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/STT2000_wq/9-12/mullisb/default.htm

EcoQuest: Desert Edition: An Interactive WebQuest - a WebQuest, American content could be modified for Australian use
http://members.aol.com/QuestSite/1/

Desertification in Developing Countries - from Geographical Web Enquiries, Staffordshire Learning Net
http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/enquiry/we32a.htm

The Desertification Debate - from Peace Corps, World Wise Schools
http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/guides/senegal/debate.html

Online Publications

Learning to Combat Desertification - an extensive resource (260 pages) to teach about desertification. This teaching kit from UNESCO and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification includes background information on the causes and effects of desertification and possible solutions. Each topic has a short description and suggested classroom activities. There are a number of case studies from around the world were progress is being made in restoring land. There are also classroom materials such as story books, cartoons and posters. All sections of the teaching guide are supprted with glossaries.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001258/125816e.pdf

Tackling Land Degradation and Desertification - from the International Fund for Agricultural Development
http://www.ifad.org/events/wssd/gef/GEF_eng.pdf

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