Evolution of Australian Biota Science Field Study Excursion Sydney
Science Stage 4 Field Study ExcursionYear 11 Biology
Evolution of Australian Biota


BUSHLAND
Location
Carroll Creek, Forestville

Excursion Synopsis
Students will study the evolution of Australian biota by examining the biotic and abiotic components of two communities and observing the differences between them. One of the communities represent the climatic conditions found in ancient cool, wet Gondwanan Australia  and the other represents the modern dry/wet/hot climate of modern Australia. Factors such as tree species, tree height, soil pH & moisture and temperature will be measured and discussed. 

One plant from each community, one modern and one primitive, will be examined in detail to observe the adaptations they have for their specific environment. A terrestrial animal catch will allow students in-depth study of body features and adaptations that allow the animal to survive in this  environment. Fossils are used to illustrate changes and distribution of biota.
 
RAINFOREST
 
Location 
Mt Keira, Wollongong 

Excursion Synopsis 
Students will study the evolution of Australian biota by examining and testing the biotic and abiotic components of two communities, an open forest and rainforest. As in the above description the 2 ecosystems represent old and modern Australia. Factors such as tree species & height, soil pH & moisture and temperature will be recorded discussed. 

One plant from each community, one modern and one primitive, will be examined in detail to observe the adaptations they have for their specific environment. Students will catch an animal for an in-depth study of their body features and adaptations. Fossils are used to illustrate changes over time.




 
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