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National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.

Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

15th - 23rd August 2020

In 2020, National Science week has to be held in a different way with travel restrictions and physical distancing now in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year more than ever, it's really important to recognise the work done by all of our scientists, medical researchers and health professionals. Live events will be held online and this years theme is 'Deep Blue; innovations for the future of our oceans'. So, lets' check out some amazing oceans facts that you may or may not know. There's also heaps of links for teachers to access below. Get involved readers and embrace your inner scientist.

Do you have a curious mind. have you ever wondered how things work? If so, you may have a future in science.

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

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Biologists try to understand the natural world and the things that live in it. These things include plants, animals, fungi, protozoa, algae, bacteria, and viruses. The study of biology covers many areas.

Chemistry is a science that studies and produces changes in matter, which is what makes up everything in the universe and on Earth. Matter is made of atoms and molecules, and each atom of a different element is different, like oxygen or carbon.

Physics is a branch of science that studies matter and its motion as well as how it interacts with energy and forces. ... Physics studies the smallest elementary particles and atoms as well as the largest stars and the universe.

In line with this years National Science Week theme of 'Deep Blue' here are some fascinating facts about our oceans that you may not know.

Around 70% of the world is covered by oceans. The largest of these is the Pacific Ocean which comes from the Latin name meaning 'peaceful sea'.

The deepest known are of our ocean is known as Mariana Trench. It's deepest point is 11km!

The Great Barrier Reef is around 2,600km wide. It can even be seen by the moon. This is the largest reef in the world with over 1,500 kinds of fish living there. the smallest of these is the Stout fish which only measure 7mm long. Compare this to the whale shark which can grow up to 12 metres long!

The Indian Ocean is located between Africa and Austral-Asia. This is the largest breeding ground for Humpback Whales in the world.

The Arctic Ocean is located around the North Pole across the Arctic Circle. This is home to Polar Bears & Penguins. A jellyfish with a funny name 'Lion's mane Jellyfish' is found in these waters and grows up to 2.4metres in length! The word 'Arctic' comes from the greek word 'Arktos' which means 'bear'. Don't think about jumping into these waters...they average -2 degrees pretty much all year round.

The Dead Sea is a lake between the West Bank & Jordan. It's almost nine times more salty than our ocean which makes it almost impossible to host any kind of life (hence its name). Because the water is so salty, it allows people to literally float without any effort. 

Seahorses are named because the head of this creature looks like a horse. There are 36 different types of Seahorses in the world and their bodies are covered in tiny spiny plates. A master of camouflage, seahorses can be incredibly hard to spot. 

BENEATH OUR OCEANS.

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