Thursday, July 16, 2009

On Triassic Period

Visualize a large stream with abundant tributary and torrent fluid through the valley. Galleries of foliage, ferns, and gigantic horsetails grew in large quantities along the river, providing food and shelter for many insects, amphibians, reptiles, and other creatures. In the faintly dryer areas a short remoteness from the water there were cycads, bennettitaleans, ginkgoes, and coniferous trees soaring almost two-hundred feet into the sky.

During the Triassic Period, the type of weather was very different from that of today. Located near the equator, this area was moist and steamy, the landscape dominated by a watercourse system larger than anything on Earth today. Gigantic reptiles and amphibians, early dinosaurs, fish, and many invertebrates lived among the opaque vegetation and in the winding waterways. New fossils draw closer to light as paleontologists continue to study the Triassic treasure trove of Petrified Forest National Park.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Queensland Museum commences online reef resource for schools

Lecturer can download a whole term's work from a new Queensland Museum online science education resource, Biodiscovery and the huge Barrier Reef.
Subject such as

I) Ecology
II) Animal physiology
III) Genetics and human impact on the environment

These are explored in the online resource that contains a 52 page downloadable booklet of student activities.

Biodiscovery and the huge obstruction Reef showcases the work of Queensland Museum's Head of Biodiversity and Geosciences Dr John Hooper, who is identifying marine sponges that fabricate bioactive chemicals with important pharmaceutical reimbursement in collaboration with Griffith University's Eskitis Institute.

Queensland Museum's Senior Biodiversity Project Officer Adriana Bauer, a former senior biology and mathematics teacher, said the resource has information and activities suitable for Middle and Senior school students.

"Biodiscovery and the Great Barrier Reef allows teachers and students to explore current topics such as

I) Reefs under threat
II) Ecotourism and the impact of climate change in a relevant and meaningful way using current research and case studies that are underway right now," Ms Bauer said.

"The resource approves national curriculum thesis and could easily form the source of a unit for the Biology, Science 21 or Marine Studies curricula."

The source includes magnificent visual imagery of reef organisms too, a set project for middle school students, and comprehensive response job for those at superior school level, and an interactive game and quiz to connect students at all levels.

Queensland Museum has shaped other award-winning online knowledge resources for middle and senior school students. These include Wild Backyards, Mangrove Challenge and Disease Detectives.