The Local Environment Field Study Excursion Sydney
Science Stage 4 Field Study Excursion
Year 11 Earth and Environment
The Local Environment


ROCK PLATFORM
Location
Long Reef Rock Platform, Collaroy
 
Excursion Synopsis
Students are given an overview of Long Reef’s history and the characteristics of rocks (sedimentary & igneous) and soils in Sydney.   

Students perform a variety of tests on Dee Why Lagoon giving them hands on experience in data collection and analysing results.  Using historic aerial photos and geological maps students discuss human impacts and management options used in the local area.

Three different areas (primary dune, secondary dune and headland) are compared for soil ph, soil type and abundance of weeds.  A native plant is studied in detail and a terrestrial animal catch is undertaken to give students an appreciation for adaptations that organisms living in this area require. 
 

BUSHLAND / HAWKESBURY SANDSTONE
Location
Bantry Bay, Frenchs Forest
 
Excursion Synopsis
Students will discuss the geology of the Sydney region and examine the local sandstone rock using hand lenses and microscopes, to observe the particle sizes and shapes and determine the conditions of deposition. 

Human environmental impact on waterways will be investigated at two creeks in the area by identifying weeds, ph & phosphate tests and catching water animal indicator species. 

Trees will be identified using a dichotomous key and one tree will be studied in detail to observe any adaptations. Changes in land usage in the area will be examined using orthophotos and historical photos and land use in relation to geology will be discussed using geological maps.
 
RAINFOREST
Location 
Mt Keira, Wollongong 
 
Excursion Synopsis
Students will discuss the geology of the Sydney region and examine the local sandstone rock using hand lenses and microscopes, to observe the particle sizes and shapes and determine the conditions of deposition. 

Students complete a variety of fieldwork comparing two different environments (a Hawkesbury Sandstone Ecosystem and a Narrabeen Group Ecosystem). Trees will be identified using a dichotomous key and one tree from each ecosystem will be studied in detail to observe any adaptations. 

Changes in land usage in the area will be discussed and how this relates to the geology of the area.  A land animal catch completes the excursion.
 



 
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