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Dive into the In Depths

Posted on: June 1, 2012

Juvenile western rock lobster.

As part of the phase 2 launch last week, we introduced you to a great new resource type called the ‘In Depth’.  This resource aim to provide supplementary information for the lesson plans and draw together a range of facts, research and current issues.  The first In Depths available are Living with the Leeuwin Current and Houtman Abrolhos System

The Leeuwin Current, one of the major driving forces of the Western Australian marine environment, was not formally identified and named until 1980! Learn about the characteristics of the Leeuwin Current and why the Western Australian marine environment is so dramatically different to that of other western seaboards in the southern hemisphere.  Greater global climatic events, known as ENSO events also have significant impact on the Leeuwin Current, which has a flow on effect to the larval phase of the western rock lobster and how many juvenile lobster settle on the coast. 

The Houtman Abrolhos System In Depth explores the marine ecosystem known as “The Abrolhos”, a series of 122 islands some 60 kilometres off the coast from Geraldton.  Learn about the commercial fisheries, recreational fishing and tourism industries surrounding the islands.

You might have also noticed we’ve added a new resource filter so that you can search by resource type, be it poster, lesson plan, fact sheet or game!   

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