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Stage 5 Physical Geography and Oceanography Field Trip

Student outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • E5.1 Identify, gather and evaluate geographical information
  • E5.4 Select and apply appropriate geographic tools
  • E5.5 Explain the processes that form & transform environments
  • E5.10 Explain patterns, processes and issues at a range of scales.
  • E5.7 Explain the role and responsibility of individuals, groups and government in resolving tensions and conflicts at a range of scales

Sample Physical Geography and Oceanography Elective Program

Start at Fisherman’s Beach; brief introduction on coastal environments and today’s field trip outcomes. Explain the geographic processes that formed Long Reef Headland and complete a field sketch.

Management of a coastal issue – Collection of bait by recreational fishers. Brief morning tea and toilet break if necessary, (possibly visit the Reefcare room if time).

Long Reef Geology; interpret the following geological features as the group walks south wards towards Long Reef Point: * Cliff fault, *Black Sands, * Volcanic Dyke.

Long Reef Aquatic Reserve; discuss safety, human impact and current management. Students identify intertidal organisms and their habitats as they walk out to the dry rocks. Sit and collect group on rocks and explain Abiotic Investigation and adaptations and transect technique. Use rock pool area to investigate abiotic and biotic features of this amazing environment. Transect study then back to rocks before moving to northern area so students handle and examine various intertidal organisms to discover their specific adaptations. Draw a probable rock pool food chain.

1.30pm Carefully leave rock platform and walk to Long Reef beach via headland or over rocks to have lunch at Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, toilets, shade and picnic tables.

2pm Conclude a great field trip at Long Reef SLSC. Board buses and return to college.