Marine food webs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/143-marine-food-webs
Feeding relationships are often shown as simple food chains – in reality, these relationships ...

Human impacts on marine environments

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/144-human-impacts-on-marine-environments
Throughout human existence we have relied on the oceans – for food, as a waste dump, for ...

Adaptations of marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/142-adaptations-of-marine-organisms
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Human impact on rivers

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/440-human-impact-on-rivers
Human beings have an impact on river ecosystems. The relationship living organisms have with ...

River ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/439-river-ecosystems
The ecology of the river refers to the relationships that living organisms have with each other ...

Ocean temperature

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/707-ocean-temperature
The temperature of the ocean determines what form the water takes. Most of the ocean is liquid ...

Environmental conditions affecting the sea

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/141-environmental-conditions-affecting-the-sea
On land, the most important environmental conditions affecting organisms are rainfall and ...

Classifying marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/140-classifying-marine-organisms
Classification is an important tool used by scientists to show how organisms are related to ...

Cockles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/148-cockles
Cockles are classified as bivalves within the phylum Mollusca. (Almost all shelled marine ...

Ocean acidification and eggshells

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/159-ocean-acidification-and-eggshells
In this activity, students observe how chicken eggs can be used to simulate the potential ...

Longfin eels

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/441-longfin-eels
The New Zealand longfin eel (Anguilla dieffenbachii) is New Zealand’s only endemic freshwater ...

Marine habitats

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/145-marine-habitats
A habitat is the area where an organism or group of organisms live and breed. One habitat will ...

New Zealand’s National Science Challenges

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1112-new-zealand-s-national-science-challenges
As New Zealanders looking to the future, we are faced with many opportunities – and challenges ...

Mussels

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1421-mussels
Mussels are bivalve molluscs. New Zealand has 22 species of mussel including the blue mussel ...

Develop a classification system

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/158-develop-a-classification-system
In this activity, students work in small groups and come up with their own classification ...

The ocean in action – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/679-the-ocean-in-action-introduction
The ocean is part of our lives – we may swim in it, sail on it or eat food from it. Many ...

Investigating life in the sea – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/133-investigating-life-in-the-sea-introduction
New Zealand is surrounded by the sea, and scientists estimate that as much as 80% of our known ...

Human impacts on the Waikato River

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/446-human-impacts-on-the-waikato-river
Human impact has affected the ecology and biodiversity of the Waikato River. Scientists ...

Rena wrecked on reef: oil clean-up on-going

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1431-rena-wrecked-on-reef-oil-clean-up-on-going
On 5 October 2011, Maritime New Zealand was called to respond to an ‘incident’ in the early ...

Whitebait

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/442-whitebait
Whitebait is a term used to collectively describe the juvenile form of a number of small native ...

The Waikato River

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/444-the-waikato-river
The Waikato River is 442 km in length – New Zealand’s longest river. Earliest history Earliest ...

Huntly Power Station

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/422-huntly-power-station
Norman Hill (Rāhui Pōkeka iwi) liaises between Genesis Energy and his iwi of Huntly. He has ...

An introduced species – koi carp

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1299-an-introduced-species-koi-carp
Koi carp (Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus, 1758) are a brightly coloured fish native to Asia and ...

History of the Waikato River

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1863-history-of-the-waikato-river
This timeline gives key dates relating to the Waikato River. This timeline was co-authored with ...
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