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Oceans in Motion

Even on the calmest of days the ocean is never still, how and why do these huge bodies of water move?

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Olfaction – The Sense of Smell

The ability of a creature to survive and function depends on its perception – the physiological methods of perception are the senses. Traditionally humans are described as possessing five senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. However the definition and classification of senses can be relative, and in addition there are other senses – temperature, pain, balance, body awareness and internal senses, so we actually have more than five senses.

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An incredible journey - The long-finned eel

Sometimes an ordinary looking creature, that we think leads a quiet, uneventful existence in our local area, may actually have a secret, quite extraordinary life. The Long-finned Eel Anguilla reinhardtii definitely falls into this category. It is a common fish, which thrives in creeks, rivers and dams and ranges widely along Eastern Australia, from Tasmania to Cape York, including Tamborine Mountain.

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Thunder and Lightning

The sight and sound of a powerful thunderstorm is an awe-inspiring, and in some circumstances a frightening experience. It is not surprising that ancient people regarded storms as supernatural events, even the word thunder is derived from the name of the powerful Norse god of thunder - Thor whose hammer had the power to throw lightning bolts.

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn is a lovely time of year on Tamborine Mountain, days are usually bright and sunny, yet there is a refreshing crispness in the air. As in every season there is a regular pattern of life cycles, growth and activities, such as migration and flowering, but the seasonal changes here are far more subtle than in many other parts of the world. One of the most colourful seasonal spectacles in nature, is the autumn leaf display of deciduous trees, which is mainly seen in USA, Canada, Europe and Eastern Asia.

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)