ABC Home | Radio | Television | News | More Subjects… | Shop

FAQs

Play Catchment Detox

The challenge is to manage a river catchment so that after 100 years you have a healthy economy and a healthy environment.

Play Game

Frequently asked questions

  1. 1What is a catchment?
  2. 2Is Catchment Detox scientifically correct?
  3. 3Is Catchment Detox based on a real catchment?
  4. 4How do I play the game?
  5. 5Can I save my game and return to it later?
  6. 6Can I stop a game and re-start another?
  7. 7Can I play more than one game?
  8. 8Are there any tips and tricks on how to play the game?
  9. 9How do I compare my score with others?
  10. 10I heard about Catchment Detox on ABC local radio – can I hear the segment again?
  1. What is a catchment?

    The catchment of a river is the area of land that rain falls on to feed that river. Every area of land on the planet is part of a catchment. As water moves over the land, it finds its way into streams and down into the soil, eventually feeding the river. Some water remains underground and this slowly recharges the river even when there is no rainfall.

    Catchments range greatly in size and use, from small urban catchments such as the Cooks River in Sydney, to massive catchments spanning three states, such as the Murray Darling.

    For more information on river catchments in Australia, including photos, audio, video, features and quiz see Other Resources

  2. Is Catchment Detox scientifically correct?

    Catchment Detox is based on a model developed by CSIRO Division of Land and Water and e-water Co-operative Research Centre. Modelling the impact of activities in a catchment is complex science. While Catchment Detox is a game and not a scientific model, it is based on today’s scientific understanding of water and catchment management issues. See About for more details.

  3. Is Catchment Detox based on a real catchment?

    No, it’s not. It’s a made-up catchment that is somewhere in Australia. Similarly to many catchments in Australia, it experiences a highly variable rainfall regime.

  4. How do I play the game?

    See How to Play for instructions or Play the Game to get started.

  5. Can I save my game and return to it later?

    Yes, just click on the ‘Save’ icon in the game.

  6. Can I stop a game and re-start another?

    Yes, just close the game window and open another game.

  7. Can I play more than one game?

    You can play as many times as you like. You can also enter the competition as many times as you like.

  8. Are there any tips and tricks on how to play the game?

    Yes, see How to Play and Audio for tips and tricks.

  9. How do I compare my score with others?

    Check out the High Scores. You can search for your name or catchment name to find your ranking.

  10. I heard about Catchment Detox on ABC local radio – can I hear the segment again?

    Yes, you can listen to the audio series broadcast on ABC local radio from Other Resources.

Back to top
ABC Catchment Detox