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 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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