Learning stageStage 2, Stage 3
Learning areaClimate change, Geography, Science
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Coastal Erosion refers to how waves can remove the sediment of sand and dirt that makes up the shoreline. It can cause problems when buildings built near the water become unstable and even fall, due to the ground being eroded.
But what can we do to prevent coastal erosion? Are there any solutions which don't harm the Earth? Watch year 6 student Anna's 2-minute video below to find out!
- Coastal erosion is just one type of erosion. Wind can also move particles of soil, and rivers can dislodge sediment from the banks.
- Erosion is a natural process that can alter landscapes over time, however, certain weather events, such as bad storms, can cause considerable damage.
- Coastal erosion can affect animal habitats. What is one example of affected animal?
- What are some examples of green infrastructure?
- With Anna’s water experiment, what did adding the rocks in do?
- How do plant roots help to prevent coastal erosion?
About the video
In Green Infrastructure: The Solution to Coastal Erosion, Anna uses humour and graphics to explain the phenomenon of coastal erosion and its causes in an accessible and entertaining way. She also highlights how green solutions such as vegetation and natural barriers can be used to protect homes and assets.
Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is a national short film competition that encourages school students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge. It is intended to support budding young scientists across the nation, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication. You can learn more about the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize here.