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BTN

link:   http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3895042.htm

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This BTN was about families that are put in A fake natural  disaster to see how they would react in the case of a flood or a fire.

Don’t head for the roof.  Because that’s often what we see on TV during bushfires it isn’t the best  idea the Fire Service says it’s actually pretty dangerous.   Don’t try to drive through flood water it is a huge mistake that people often make. The water gets into the engine and that makes it shut down then the car could get washed away. They [ Fire Service ] say it’s really important to have a plan and know it well. Everyone in the family should have jobs to do and you  should practice them together.

Did the people know that the fire/flood were fake? If not how did they feel?

I now know that even fake natural disasters are still very scary. 

BTN

link to BTN:  http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4804140.htm

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This BTN was about the drought in Cape Town in south Africa. 

No city in the world has had to deal with a situation such as the taps running dry. So all the people are relived when they see the rain. Authorities predict taps could be turned off by June 4, and they’re calling that “Day Zero.” People have been allowed just 50 liters a day, since February 1st.

Why has it been so dry in Cape Town? How much rain did they get? 

I now understand that we shouldn’t take water  for granted. 

BTN- Disaster recovery

link to BTN:  http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2981988.htm

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This BTN was  about how long the road to recovery for a country after a natural disaster has hit and just because a disaster hasn’t been on the news for a long time doesn’t mean it has fully resolved itself.

Clean water is needed because it can become contaminated with germs and disease. Food is also on the checklist and things like packaged and canned foods provided, because it’s safer than fresh food as it doesn’t go off.  People need shelter  because a disaster can destroy lot’s of peoples homes so in the recovery process, people like engineers can be just as vital as medical workers. 

Why does the news stop showing the recovery and the disaster after a certain amount? Wouldn’t the countries need builders as well as engineers? 

I now understand that the road to recovery after a disaster has struck is a lot longer and more destructive then the actual disaster because they have to find food, shelter and clear water.   

 

herald sun

link to herald sun:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/a-huge-rip-in-the-ground-has-scientists-suggesting-africa-is-starting-to-split-in-two/news-story/ef66af3388365dc736c0802db9055dee

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This article was about the evidence the African continent will break apart over the next tens of millions of years. 

The Great Rift splits Africa into two plates. With what is happening we have established one plate which is the Somali plate is moving away from the other plate at a rate of 2.5cm. In the near future if this happens we shall have the Somali plate separating from the other Nubian plate. Rifts are the initial stage of a continental breakup and, if successful, can lead to the formation of a new ocean basin. The floodwaters created a split stretching several kilometres near the town of Mai Mahiu. 

How do floodwaters create splits in the earth?  How can the  Somali plate separate from the Nubian plate?

I now understand that the plates can separate from the other plates. 

Herald sun

link to herald sun:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/people-flee-as-hawaiis-erupting-volcano-destroys-homes/news-story/e1fdc54c016899d68ccca8fb1afad855

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This article is about the volcanic eruption in Hawaii. 

The lava flew 70m into the air. Lava can reach 115oC. Although no big lava flows have formed yet, smaller outbreaks of lava, are still extremely dangerous.

when was the last eruption in Hawaii? Where did the poisonous sulphur dioxide gases come from.

I now understand that Kilauea is the most active of the five volcanoes on the island and one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Herald sun

link to articles:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/extreme-weather

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This article was about the natural  disasters that happened in Australia over the weekend.

Different weather events hit different parts of Australia this weekend with Darwin being destroyed by a tropical cyclone, NSW and Victoria were battling dangerous bush fires. category 2 when a cyclone has strong, destructive winds. 20,000 homes were left without power after the fires and cyclones.

How are the cyclones categorized? How were the fires put out?

I now understand the battles some fires are and that cyclones can be categorized. 

BTN – Ring of fire

Link to BTN:   http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2709798.htm

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This BTN was about the ring of fire and what events occur.

 About 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes happen in this area. Its known as the Ring of Fire. Some of the largest earthquakes we’ve ever seen, like the one that caused this massive tsunami. The world’s volcanoes and some of the biggest eruptions have also been in this area.

Tectonic plates drift on the liquid rock,  Scientist reckon over millions of years the drifting tectonic plates changed the shape of continents completely. When they  come together they can make mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis.

The ring of fire is home to over a third of the worlds volcanoes 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes happen here also.

Why are the countries in the ring of fire prone to volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis? Are there other causes for these natural disasters?

I now understand that some natural disasters are connected.

BTN- Cricket ball tampering

Link to BTN:   http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4823284.htm

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This BTN was about how the Aussies cheated in a cricket game against South Africa.

It’s not against the rules to try to make the ball swing, For your gain.   Players rub one side of the ball on their pants, or rub saliva on the shiny side. But that is legal. The ball if it is rough on one side it will generally veer to that side but you can also make it veer in the opposite direction.

Why did the Australians have to ruin the game for the nation? What would they have gained if they weren’t caught?

I now understand that you should always play fairly, or else there is consequences that you have to except.         

BTN history of voting

link to BTN:  http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4464749.htm

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This text was about how and when the system of voting changed.

In Australia in the 1800’s women didn’t have a say in how things were run. In 1902, Australia became the first country in the world to give women both the right to vote in federal elections and the right to be elected to federal parliament. The voting age was 21 until 1973 where as nowadays the voting age is 18.

Will the voting age change again? Why couldn’t the aboriginal Australian background people vote?

I know now that the voting system has changed and been shaped to what it is to day.

BTN -state laws

link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3875892.htm

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This BTN was about what happens when the laws over lap from federal and state.

The constitution says that if there is a disagreement between a state and a federal of what should be the law.  Then the federal government wins. The high court settles these problems between state and federal governments. The states gets to decide how to run their schools, their hospitals, their police, forests, roads, mines and farms and, for the most part, the Federal Government looks after things like trade and immigration and defense. But sometimes Australia’s two levels of government can make different laws about the same thing.

When was the last time that there was a disagreement between them? Why does the high court have the power to settle these disagreement?

I now understand that the law has to get pass the federal government.

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