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Resources  linked to NSW Geography Syllabus 7-10 (2015) & Australian Curriculum Geography
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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere

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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School...

 

"This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States has a diameter of about about 1,385 kilometres. The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant."

 

The sphere does not include the potential water that some scientists believe may be trapped in the mantle (and thus not accessible on the surface).  


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Water resources

Students investigate the characteristics and spatial distribution of global water resources, for example: 

  • identification of different forms of water used as resources 
  • examination of spatial distribution patterns of water resources 

Geoworld 8 NSW

Chapter 1: Water resources and processes

1.1 Water as an environmental resource

1.2: Water: Essential but limited resource

 

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Gary Robertson's comment, May 7, 2012 9:36 PM
Water is also tied up in hydrated minerals in the rocks of the earth's crust. While not "free" it is still significant and is occasionally freed through subduction and volcanic activity. Furthermore, the earth's mantle may contain even more water than the rest combined! So, maybe the Single Sphere should be larger by more than the cube root of 2, or about 1,083 miles in diameter. See mantle water data at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0307_0307_waterworld.html
Seth Dixon's comment, May 7, 2012 11:08 PM
Thanks Green Uncle Mary! I mean Mean Uncle Gary!
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Mythology: The Descent of Ganga | Geography and You

Mythology: The Descent of Ganga | Geography and You | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
The Ganga is a river, it flows. But wait, stories that abound through ancient Indian history, talk of its descent from another realm. How did a river do that?
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Worldwide water crisis is looming

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The future calls for fresh thinking about freshwater with businesses and governments collaborating to manage sustainable water use – and avoid a global crisis
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The fog catcher who brings water to the poor

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In the slums of Lima, he's found a way to turn fog into water.
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What is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan again?

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The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has remained controversial ever since its introduction back in 2012. So, what is it again and why is it back on the agenda?
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Tornado Alley

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Interested in learning about tornado alley? Then you'll want to read our tornado alley facts and information. Tornado Alley 101

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This map nicely shows the particular air requirements needed for a tornado to form and why the part of the United States known as Tornado Alley accounts for the majority of the world's tornadoes.  This nicely shows how physical geographic factors form a major part of how a region might be defined and conceptualized. 

 

Tags: tornado, physical, weather and climate, visualization, regions.

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USA Tornado
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Hurricane Matthew’s blow – Photography and social change

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Threat of acute malnutrition, increased morbidity and mortality
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Surface water shifting around the Earth

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Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth's surface has changed over the last 30 years.
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Water resources

Students investigate the characteristics and spatial distribution of global water resources, for example:  

  • examination of spatial distribution patterns of water resources

Geoworld 8 NSW

Chapter 1: Water resources and processes

1.2 Water: Essential but limited resource

1.3 Uneven distribution of water 

 

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Places around the world running out of water

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There are so many countries whose water consumption will reach a crisis point soon. Here's a look at few of them.
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Water scarcity - causes / factors influencing 

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The misery of Hurricane Matthew is deepened by human failure

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Why Haiti did worse than Cuba in protecting its people
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Students investigate ONE contemporary atmospheric hazard or hydrologic hazard including causes, impacts and responses, for example: 

  • explanation of the spatial distribution, cause and impact of the disaster 
  • examination of responses by individuals, groups and government to the impact of the disaster
  • discussion of management strategies to reduce the future impact of similar hazard events

Geoworld 8 NSW

Chapter 6 Atmospheric and hydrologic hazards and responses

6.1 Atmospheric and hydrologic hazards

6.2 Costs of hazards

6.3 Responses to hazards

6.8 Powerful storms

6.10 Tropical cyclones (Hurricanes)

6.11 Communities prepare for and respond to storms

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Timeline: How Hurricane Matthew Is Expected to Impact the US

Timeline: How Hurricane Matthew Is Expected to Impact the US | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
Meteorologist predicts it may become Category 5 before reaching Florida.
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Students investigate ONE contemporary atmospheric hazard or hydrologic hazard including causes, impacts and responses, for example:

  • explanation of the spatial distribution, cause and impact of the disaster 

Geoworld 8 NSW
Chapter 6 Atmospheric and hydrologic hazards and responses
6.1 Atmospheric and hydrologic hazards
6.2 Costs of hazards
6.3 Responses to hazards
6.8 Powerful storms
6.10 Tropical cyclones (Hurricanes)
6.11 Communities prepare for and respond to storms

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Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Passes 800 In Haiti, Cholera Takes Lives

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Matthew pushed the sea into fragile coastal villages, some of which are only now being contacted.
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Students investigate ONE contemporary atmospheric hazard or hydrologic hazard including causes, impacts and responses, for example:

  • explanation of the spatial distribution, cause and impact of the disaster 
  • examination of responses by individuals, groups and government to the impact of the disaster
  • discussion of management strategies to reduce the future impact of similar hazard events

Geoworld 8 NSW
Chapter 6 Atmospheric and hydrologic hazards and responses
6.1 Atmospheric and hydrologic hazards
6.2 Costs of hazards
6.3 Responses to hazards
6.8 Powerful storms
6.10 Tropical cyclones (Hurricanes)
6.11 Communities prepare for and respond to storms

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This Pulsing Earth

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Spring comes, then summer, fall and winter and if you are off the planet with a camera looking down at Earth, the seasons seem like breaths. Speed up the imagery, and the planet seems to pulse, like a living thing.
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Shade balls or floating solar panels? 

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Countries such as Australia, Brazil and Japan have employed an interesting solution to protecting reservoirs that also generates power: floating solar panels.
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How to protect yourself from lightning strikes

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Here are some tips on how to protect yourself during an electrical storm.
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Slovenia becomes first EU nation to enshrine human right to water in their constitution

Slovenia becomes first EU nation to enshrine human right to water in their constitution | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
The move is largely designed to keep corporations away from the country's precious drinking water supplies.
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Ever wondered how tropical cyclones form?

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Ever wondered how tropical cyclones form? Over warm tropical oceans, a cluster of thunderstorms can start rotating around a common centre, influence
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Reverse osmosis plants changing lives in Pakistan’s Thar desert

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Life is a constant struggle for water in the Thar Desert. After almost a decade of drought the Pakistani government is pinning its hopes on a unique new strategy - reverse osmosis plants.
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Natural disasters are affecting some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities

Natural disasters are affecting some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a disaster "hotspot" in northern New South Wales, where nearly half of the state's most disadvantaged communities are found.
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Will Central Asia fight over water? 

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In Central Asia, a crisis is brewing over water and electricity. Some countries have energy, the others water - but they cannot seem to agree how to share resources.

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Wet Lands: Where does the Earth’s rain fall?

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Where are the world's remaining wild spaces? Benjamin Hennig explores these remaining spots of isolation
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Great changing cartogram shows seasonal variations in rainfall to challenge student thinking.

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The Rivers of the Mississippi Watershed

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The Mississippi Watershed is the largest drainage basin in North America at 3.2 million square kilometers in area. The USGS has created a database of this area which indicates the direction of waterflow at each point.
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The water cycle

Students investigate how the operation of the water cycle connects people and places, for example: 

  • identification of water cycle processes 
  • explanation of water flows within a catchment area 

 

Geoworld 8 NSW 

Chapter 1: Water resources and processes

1.5 Water cycle: Flows and storages

1.7 Sydney Harbour catchment (Comparative study)

 

 

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Canada has 20 percent of the planet’s freshwater. But some worry there’s not enough to go around.

Canada has 20 percent of the planet’s freshwater. But some worry there’s not enough to go around. | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
Campaigners want to shut down a Nestlé bottled water plant in southern Ontario, arguing there's not enough water to go around.
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Murder on the Mekong: Death by a Thousand Dams 

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Mekong ta Blues Vietnam lies at the wrong end of the Mekong when it comes to food and water security.
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Open data to support hurricane response in Haiti

Open data to support hurricane response in Haiti | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
We are making before/after imagery of the hurricane in Haiti available for relief efforts and working with HOT, the United Nations & American Red Cross. Read
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