Antidepressants and Valium found in Australian stream wildlife

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Biological Sciences – Ecosystems

Earth and Space Sciences – Renewable/Non-renewable resources

Additional: Careers, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence and Ecosystems

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface

Years: 6, 7

Word Count: 455

A recent study has found more than 60 pharmaceutical compounds in samples taken from aquatic animals in rivers around Melbourne. This shows a worrying and previously unknown fact about our water systems and the human impact on our water cycle. Can be used alongside the Earth and Space Sciences curriculum for Year 7 looking at the Water Cycle, as well as ecosystem topics for Years 6 and 7 for Biological Sciences.

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