Australia: Our Dry Continent


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

Living Desert WebQuest - produced by UniServe Science, for National Science Week 2006
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/quests/livingdesert.html

Desert Quest - an EarthQuest produced by UniServe Science, for National Science Week 2006, uses GoogleEarth
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/earthquests/deserts/index.html

The Tale of the Three Little Bilbies: A creative writing activity in Science - produced by UniServe Science, for National Science Week 2006
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/sciweek/2006/bilbies.html

The Tale of the Three Mulgaras - as told and illustrated by Annalise
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/sciweek/2006/3mulgaras.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/

Australia Desert Dwellers

Life and Adaptations to Water - select Desert or Desert Refuge, from SA Museum
http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/water/riteframe.htm

Ethabuka - a desert wildlife haven - from Australian Bush Heritage Fund
http://www1.bushheritage.asn.au/default.aspx?MenuID=436

Mammals of Arid Australia - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/mammals/m_spec.htm

Birds of Arid Australia - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/birds/bird0.htm

Australian Geckos - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/geckos/gecko0.htm

Wild Kids: Arid Zone - from Australian Museum
http://www.amonline.net.au/wild_kids/arid_zone.cfm

Rudall River National Park - from NatureBase, WA
http://www.naturebase.net/national_parks/previous_parks_month/rudall.html

Carnavon Xeric Scrub - A Global 200 Ecoregion - from World Wildlife Foundation
http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/ecoregions/carnavon_xeric_shrub.cfm

Richest lizard communities in the world - Great Sandy-Tanami Deserts, from World Wildlife Foundation
http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/ecoregions/great_sandy_tanami_deserts.cfm

Mammals

Mammals of Arid Australia - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/mammals/m_spec.htm

Bilby

Bilby - from NatureBase, WA
http://www.calm.wa.gov.au/plants_animals/odd_bilby.html

Greater Bilby Macrotis lagotis - from the Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/tsd05greater-bilby.html

Greater Bilby Macrotis lagotis - from the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
http://www.arazpa.org.au/Education_FactSheets_Bilby.htm

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/mammals/m_spec/m_bilby.htm

Greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis) - information and images from ARKive: Images of Life on earth
http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Macrotis_lagotis/

GREATER BILBY Macrotis lagotis - from Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/wildlife/threatened/pdf/greater_bilby_vu.pdf

All About Bilbies - from Oz-Teachernet
http://www.schools.ash.org.au/bilbyrap/bilbies.htm

Hopping mice

Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis) - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/mammals/m_spec/m_sphm.htm

Rufous Hare Wallaby

Rufous Hare Wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus) - from Australian Fauna.com
http://www.australianfauna.com/rufousharewallaby.php

Rufous Hare Wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus) - information and images from ARKive: Images of Life on earth
http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Lagorchestes_hirsutus/

Mala (Rufous Hare-wallaby) (Lagorchestes hirsutus) - from Australian Wildlife Conservancy
http://www.australianwildlife.org/wildlifeprofiles.asp?WID=571

Kultarr or Jerboa

Kultarr (Antechinomys laniger) Recovery Plan - report from National Parks and Wildlife, see pages 6 - 10
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/PDFs/approved_kultarr.pdf

Marsupial Mole

Marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) - information and images from ARKive: Images of Life on earth
http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Notoryctes_typhlops/

Dingo

Dingo (Canis lupus dingo) - information and images from ARKive: Images of Life on earth
http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Canis_lupus_dingo/

Dunnart

Fat-tailed dunnart, narrow-footed marsupial mouse - SMINTHOPSIS CRASSICAUDATA - from America Zoo
http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/8.htm

Julia Creek Dunnart Sminthopsis douglasi - from Threatened Species, Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/tsd05julia-creek-dunnart.html

The use of Spinifex by the Sandhill Dunnart - from ParksWeb Biodiversity, South Australia
http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/biodiversity/sandhill.html

SANDHILL DUNNART Sminthopsis psammophila - pdf file from Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/wildlife/threatened/pdf/sandhill_dunnart_dd.pdf

Mulgara

Mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) - from Australian Fauna
http://www.australianfauna.com/mulgara.php

MULGARA Dasycercus cristicauda - pdf from Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/wildlife/threatened/pdf/mulgara_vu.pdf

Greater Stick-nest Rat

Greater Stick-nest Rat (Leporillus conditor) - from Australian Wildlife Conservancy
http://www.australianwildlife.org/wildlifeprofiles.asp?WID=651

Greater Stick-nest Rat (Leporillus conditor) - information and images from ARKive: Images of Life on earth
http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Leporillus_conditor/more_info.html

The Recovery of the Greater Stick-nest Rat - from ParksWb, South Australia
http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/biodiversity/sticknestrat.html

Greater Stick-nest Rat (Wopilkara)Leporillus conditor (Sturt, 1848) - pdf file from naturebase, Western Australia
http://www.naturebase.net/plants_animals/pdf_files/sp_greater_stick-nest_rat.pdf

Red Kangaroo
Reptiles
Frilled Neck Lizard

Frilled Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii - from the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
http://www.arazpa.org.au/Education_FactSheets_FrilledLizard.htm

Thorny Devil

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) - from Australian Fauna
http://www.australianfauna.com/thornydevil.php

Australia's Thorny Devil by Eric R. Pianka - detailed description of research involving Thorny Devils, from University of Texas
http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~varanus/moloch.html

Great Desert Skink

Australian Threatened Species: Great Desert Skink - from Department of The Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/desert-skink.html

Snakes

Desert Death Adder Acanthophis pyrrhus - from Queensland Museum
http://www.qmuseum.qld.gov.au/features/snakes/snakedetail.asp?TaxName=Acanthophis+pyrrhus

Mulga or King Brown Snake - Pseudechis australis - from Queensland Museum
http://www.qmuseum.qld.gov.au/features/snakes/snakedetail.asp?TaxName=Pseudechis+australis

Geckos

Centralian Rough Knob-tailed Geckos (Nephrurus amyae) - image from personal reptile page
http://www.users.on.net/~jbonnett/amyae.htm

Rough Knob-tailed Geckos (Nephrurus amyae) - images from personal reptile breeder's page
http://texaslizard.com/amyae.htm

Woma python

Woma python (Aspidites ramsayi) - information and images from ARKive: Images of Life on earth
http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/reptiles/Aspidites_ramsayi/

Woma (Aspidites ramsayi) - images from personal reptile page
http://www.users.on.net/~jbonnett/ramsayi.htm

Perentie

Perentie (varanus giganteus) - from ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/nature/island/ep3/locals/5.htm

Perenty (Varanus giganteus) - image from personal reptile page
http://www.users.on.net/~jbonnett/giganteus.htm

Birds

Birds of Arid Australia - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/birds/bird0.htm

Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata - from Australian Museum
http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/zebra_finch.htm

Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis (Gray, 1829) - from National Parks and Wildlife, NSW
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/PDFs/tsprofile_australian_bustard.pdf

Flock Bronzewing Phaps histrionica (Gould, 1841) - from National Parks and Wildlife, NSW
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/PDFs/tsprofile_flock_bronzewing.pdf

Wedge-tailed eagle - from National Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/The+wedge-tailed+eagle

Australian Desert Plants

Plants of Arid Australia - from The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
http://www.australian-aridlands-botanic-garden.org/general/plants/plant0.htm

Plants Database: Recommended Local or Australian Native Plants for Alice Springs - from Alice Springs Town Council, not all plants listed are indigenous to the immediate area
http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/council/services/vergeDB.asp

Dune Systems - includes information of desert vegetation, from Diamantina Touring
http://www.diamantina-tour.com.au/outback_info/land_sys/dune_sys/dune_sys.htm

Mulga (Acacia) Woodlands - includes information of desert vegetation, from Diamantina Touring
http://www.diamantina-tour.com.au/outback_info/land_sys/mulga/mulga_page.htm

Chenopod Schrubland - commonly called saltbush, from Diamantina Touring
http://www.diamantina-tour.com.au/outback_info/land_sys/chaenopod/page.htm

Spinifex

HUMMOCK GRASSLANDS IN AUSTRALIA: Spinifex - from Macquaire University
http://www.bio.mq.edu.au/ecology/rice/spinifex.htm

The use of Spinifex by the Sandhill Dunnart - from ParksWeb Biodiversity, South Australia
http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/biodiversity/sandhill.html

Spinifex grassland - good image of spinifex, from Diamantina Touring
http://www.diamantina-tour.com.au/outback_info/land_sys/spinifex/spinifex_page.htm

Sturt's Desert Pea

Sturt's Desert Pea Swainsona formosa - from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/emblems/sa.emblem.html

Sturt's Desert Rose

Sturt's Desert Pea Swainsona formosa - from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/emblems/nt.emblem.html

Interactives

Wild Kids: Arid Zone - from Australian Museum
http://www.amonline.net.au/wild_kids/arid_zone.cfm

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