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Finding Resources in Oliver
Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
You're a farmer in 1930s Oklahoma and you never thought you'd see this day. Your fields have literally turned to dust. This Depression the radio folks were talking about just reached the heartland. The epic disaster of the Dust Bowl brings home the cruel consequences of drought. The calamity that struck Depression-era America was startling for its far-reaching effects across our country, teaching us much about the nature of droughts and their dreadful devastation. The science section of this book examines the lessons from the Dust Bowl droughts for farmers, including the importance of topsoil. The history of droughts around the world compares impacts on a wide variety of societies. The final chapter looks at the latest tools and technologies developed to help us survive future droughts. The ample back matter will help students find sources to write informed and compelling reports on this subject. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.
Flooding and drought by
Call Number: NFS 551.5773 GIF
Publication Date: 2009
Natural hazards by
Call Number: 363.34 CHA
Publication Date: 1995
In the twentieth century, the disastrous effects of natural hazards have increased, reflecting the substantial growth in world population, the vulnerability of marginal groups, and the mismanagement of the environment. This book provides potential answers to the questions concerning natural disaster preparedness and management.
Australia's worst disasters by
Call Number: 904.994 BRO
Publication Date: 2002
Australia's history has been punctuated by incidents of disaster and tragedy that have shocked us all. Sometimes warning signs were not read (or were ignored); sometimes human error was to blame. These graphic and compelling accounts by veteran journalist Malcolm Brown and other award-winning journalists tell us far more than simply what happened.
Australia's natural disasters by
Call Number: 363.340994 WHI
Publication Date: 2006
Tells many stories of the devestation that nature has wreaked on our wild country. From the agonies of droughts and floods to the shocks of earthquakes and bushfires, Australia is a country famed as much for its ferocious natural hazards as for its rich environment.
A lack or insufficient amount of rain for an extended period of time is called drought. Drought causes water shortages, crop damage, streamflow reduction, and the depletion of groundwater and soil moisture, and has a serious negative impact on agriculture.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on the planet. Drought in many parts of this nation is a fact of life. At just about any point in time, somewhere in Australia will be experiencing drought. It poses challenges to many areas of society and the economy, particularly the agricultural sector. This program looks at drought in Australia. Featuring interviews with environmental scientist Dr Terry Walshe, together with vegetable farmer Peter Schreur and Mildura-based farmers Bob McCarthy and Neil Bennett, it explores the nature of drought in Australia, the climatic causes of drought, the environmental, social and economic effects of drought and strategies to manage drought.
Almost 90% of Queensland has recently been declared in drought. We checked in with some of the kids living in these areas to find out what sort of problems it's causing for them.
The ‘Big Dry’ was the big topic of conversation at this year's National Grains Conference. Tim Lee looks at the effect the drought is having on Australian grain producers.
A large part of eastern Australia is drought declared, and the big dry is hitting farmers and communities hard. But some farmers seem to be defying the drought. Marty McCarthy hits the road to meet them.
Covers droughts, impact of droughts on farms, drought in urban areas. Cyclones cover warnings, categories and preparation for cyclones.
Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters
NASA Earth Observatory
Drought is a frequent visitor in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology describes the typical rainfall over much of the continent as “not only low, but highly erratic.” Over the last decade, drought has dominated Australian weather.
Bureau of Meterology
August rainfall was below average for large areas of eastern Australia
Rainfall deficiencies have increased:
- in parts of New South Wales and inland Queensland at the 5-month timescale
- for most of New South Wales, southwestern Queensland and eastern Victoria at the 8- and 17-month timescales
Farmers are facing ruin across New South Wales and Queensland in what some are calling the worst drought in living memory, with costs of stock feed and transport spiraling. The following charities are supporting the drought affected in Australia.