Kakadu - Australia's Ancient Wilderness

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Nature: The Call of Kakadu
The most prominent physical feature in Kakadu is the Arnhem Land Escarpment, a 1.6 billion-year-old sandstone cliff that stretches for miles across the park. The cliff, which hosts many waterfalls, is surrounded by towers of sandstone, rainforests, and swamps. At the base of the Escarpment, among a billabong, or pond, are the animals that are featured on this Web site.

Nature: Monsoon
If you're interested in learning more about the monsoons that cover Kakadu each year, visit Nature's site, Monsoon. The site explains the workings of this atmospheric phenomenon, which begins as two great air masses collide, darkening the sky and concealing the sun beneath a blanket of scudding clouds. Then, seemingly in an instant, sheets of rain are gushing across the landscape.

NOVA: Stormchasers
Kakadu is home to some of the world's most incredible weather phenomena, but it isn't the only place on Earth where the skies rage. Audiences accompany scientists into the heart of the world's worst weather to learn what makes storms tick in "Stormchasers," the latest IMAX®/IMAXDome film produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films

The Living Edens Bhutan: Water Wheel (Monsoons)
In this lesson plan from The Living Edens: Bhutan Web site, users can learn how to 1) create a cloud in a bottle; 2) be able to describe the conditions necessary for cloud formation at the tops of mountains; 3) be able to describe why one side of a mountain range has higher rainfall than the other; 4) understand the reason for the drenching monsoons on the Bhutan side of the Himalayan.

NOVA: Lightning!
Lightning is one of the most common and least understood phenomena in meteorology. It is also one of the most dangerous. This episode of NOVA follows several teams of investigators collecting information and images to answer questions such as how lightning is formed, how to predict and prevent lightning strikes, and how to protect people from its dangers. The lesson plans here help students learn how to understand lightning.

Newton’s Apple: Lightning Bolts
What are the physics of lightning? In addition to an explanation of how lightning works, this site also offers lessons plans and experiments about lightning for classroom use.

Scienceline: Lightning
If you're still interested in learning about lightning, Scienceline's Focus on Lightning brings you three features: daily lightning trivia; a guest article from a meteorological expert; and links to quality related Web sites for K-12 science educators.

NOVA: Crocodiles!
What is it about crocodiles that has enabled them to live for at least 240 million years, outlasting even the dinosaurs? Bookmark this site, the ultimate guide to crocodilians, with everything from their survival strategies to the basics on all 23 species to what it's like to wrestle with a half-ton Nile crocodile in the wild.

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Crocodilians: Natural History and Conservation
Dr. Adam Britton, crocodilian expert extraordinaire, has compiled what may be the definitive source of crocodile information on the Web. Here you will find extensive coverage of every single living crocodilian species, an expanding section about crocodilian biology, an in-depth look at crocodile communication, and a list of some of the best croc resources on the Internet.

UNESCO: Kakadu National Park
The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (the World Heritage Convention) was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972. To date, more than 150 countries have adhered to the Convention, making it one of the most universal international legal instruments for the protection of the cultural and natural heritage. Kakadu is featured as one of the protected areas.

National World Heritage Organization: Kakadu
This fact sheet provides excellent information about virtually every element of Kakadu. Data include climate, population, history, flora, fauna, and cultural heritage. In addition, there is also a thorough bibliography.

Australia's Kakadu
Australia is very proud of its record in managing its World Heritage sites and National Parks. The cultural and natural values of these places are protected through a partnership approach that uses a mix of regulatory, economic and voluntary measures. This is underpinned by rigorous scientific assessment and monitoring. In this report, users get a chance to get excellent summary information about Kakadu.

Kakadu National Park Plan of Management
Kakadu's third Plan of Management, which is outlined here on this Australian Nature Conservation Agency Web site, was the first since the formation of the Kakadu Board of Management and the inclusion of Kakadu Stage Three (including the former Conservation Zone) into the park. It details many of the more interesting aspects of the park, as well as how best to preserve it.

Kakadu National Park Photos: Alex Benwell
Alex Benwell, a photographer who offers editorial travel features, stock photography and digital manipulation, levels his camera at Kakadu National Park's more stunning sights. There are more than a dozen pictures here, and all of them are fairly spectacular.

Save Kakadu Campaign Home Page
In response to the World Heritage Committee's decision to allow uranium mining in Kakadu, this group has banded together to express their opposisition. According to Save Kakadu, aboriginal peoples are the traditional owners of Kakadu. This and other conservation organizations are strongly opposed to plans of forcing through the mining of uranium in Kakadu, a mixed cultural and natural World Heritage, and urge that Kakadu be inscribed on the "World Heritage In Danger" list.

The Anti-Uranium Coalition of Western Australia
This site contains information about uranium mining in Australia, the companies involved, and how they can be stopped. This campaign is part of the broader movement around the world to dismantle the weapons of mass destruction that have overshadowed the later half of this century. "You can make a difference right now," the site explains, "by sending a message to our elected leaders telling them what you think about uranium mining."

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