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EnhanceTV :: Study Guides :: Muddy Waters: Life And Death On The Great Barrier Reef

Muddy Waters: Life And Death On The Great Barrier Reef
Muddy Waters: Life And Death On The Great Barrier Reef 
At secondary school levels, Muddy Waters can be used to support learning in Science, Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE), English, Media Studies, Politics and Legal Studies.

By 2010, forty per cent of the worlds coral reefs may be dead. By 2030, half of the Great Barrier Reef may be gone. Parts of it are already dying, but the reasons have not always been clear. Global warming and outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish have put extraordinary pressure on the reef. Now scientists have identified an-ther threatsediments, fertilisers and pesticides from agricultural run-off. The reefs most at risk lie along Australias north eastern coast between Cairns and Townsville

Muddy Waters journeys to the plantations of north Queensland and into an underwater world to find out whats killing the reef and what can be done to save it. Its also the story of a small community facing the challenges of responsibility and change. This time, whats at stake is one of the worlds greatest natural treasures.

Sugarcane farmers, suffering bad sea-sons and low prices, are reeling at the prospect that their land management practices may be part of the problem. This is the heart of the wet tropics where high rainfall regularly causes rivers like the Tully to flood, sending huge plumes of mud and chemicals into the sea. In their natural state, native wetlands filter the water and silt but more than sixty per cent has been cleared and drained for sugarcane. Some locals are trying to bring all the parties together to develop a workable solution, but, as the documentary reveals, leading the way can be hard work.
 

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Study Guide www.filmaust.com.au
Learning Areas English, Legal Studies, Media Studies, Politics & Government, Society & Culture,
Level Secondary
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