Professor Richard Kingsford shows the effect of the flood pulse down the Paroo River, and discusses the effect of regulating the river flows on other parts of the Murray-Darling Basin, eg on bird life and trees.
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Suggestions for using this resource
1.Year 6 could use this to develop an example of food webs in wetland areas.
2.Year 7 students could research how the reproductive cycles of native species depends on natural events
3.Years 7-9: In units about natural cycles and ecosystems, this is an appropriate stimulus for students to compare advantages and disadvantages of human activity, and the impact scientific research has on community decisions.
Internal link: Flood Pulse: Quantum story on inland water birds from 1989 (8 min 56 sec)