Field Study Virtual Excursions - Secondary school - Geography


Science Stage 4 Field Study ExcursionVirtual Excursions 
Geography 



AUSECO has developed three virtual excursions for our Stage 4 Landscapes and Landforms, Stage 5 Environmental Change & Management and Year 11 Biophysical Interactions programs.

Virtual excursions for Stage 4 Place & Liveability, Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes, Stage 5 Changing Places and Stage 6 Urban Study are currently in production - stay tuned!  

Stage 4 Landscapes & Landforms
Illawarra Escarpment & Subtropical Rainforest


Location
Mt Keira, Wollongong
 
Excursion Synopsis 
Students will investigate the Mt Keira Escarpment and examine the geological and human history of the area from a lookout, before heading into the bush to examine the natural environment.

Students will measure physical characteristics such as foliage cover (using a coverscope), tree height (using a laser rangefinder) and soil moisture (using a soil moisture meter) in two landscapes - open forest (at the top of the escarpment) and rainforest (at the bottom of the escarpment). 

Students will observe evidence of mass movements - landslides, landslips and rockfalls, as an example of a local geomorphic hazard, and will use hand lenses to observe the geology of rockfalls up close.

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Stage 4 Place & Liveability 
Millers Point / Milsons Point / Lavender Bay
Location 
Start: Barangaroo Headland Park (Millers Point)
Finish: Lavender Bay

Excursion Synopsis
Students will examine the factors which determine the liveability of Millers Point, Milsons Point and Lavender Bay using first hand physical testing of sites (noisemeters, thermometers and light meters) and observation. Beginning in Barangaroo Headland Park, we discuss the factors which make a place liveable, and set out by foot to survey the three suburbs and assess liveability. This includes walking across the Harbour Bridge, where students can observe differences in land use between south and north Sydney.

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Stage 5 Changing Places
Pyrmont & Barangaroo

Location 
Start: Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
Finish: Barangaroo Headland Park, Barangaroo
 
Excursion Synopsis
Students will learn about the nature of urbanisation through urban policy and development, examining the urban dynamics of change, including urban decay and urban renewal using Barangaroo (Millers Point) and Jacksons Landing (Pyrmont) to emphasis these topics. 

Historical photographs, aerial photos, oblique photos and archival maps will be used to examine the effects of urban change process and ecologically sustainable development.

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Stage 5 Environmental Change & Management
Kurnell Dune Forest & Coastal Management

Location 
Wanda Beach, Cronulla
 
Excursion Synopsis
Students will investigate coastal processes by measuring and studying elements of a natural/re-established sand dune, such as size & shape, vegetation type & cover and wind speed. Identification of landforms and examination of land use in the surrounding areas will be undertaken using aerial photographs or cadastral maps.

Historical photographs will be used to examine the effects of human development and storm erosion processes on the sand dunes. Detailed investigation of past and present management strategies will also be undertaken.

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Stage 6 Biophysical Interactions
Hawkesbury Sandstone Bushland


Location
Bantry Bay, Frenchs Forest

Excursion Synopsis

Students examine natural conditions of the geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere in order to assess human impacts on the environment.

Soil testing will be conducted using a centrifuge and linked to a discussion about erosion and land clearing. The introduction and impacts of introduced species will be investigated along a transect line. Creek water quality will be evaluated by testing turbidity, water pH, water phosphate levels and catching water animals to use as indicator species.

To develop geographical skills, a variety of map work and photograph analysis is undertaken using topographic maps, satellite photos, and aerial photos.

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