Presentation on theme: "Australia’s Geography"— Presentation transcript:
1 Australia’s Geography SS6G12a. Locate on a …map: the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Ayers Rock, and Great Victoria Desert
2 E.Q.How have Australia’s location, climate, and natural resources impacted it?
3 Vocabulary Outback: dry interior in Australia Reef: area underwater built up by coralBush: remote outbackCoral: small sea animal that lives in coloniesMonolith: single, large rockAborigines: indigenous people of AustraliaLife expectancy: average number of years a person in a country is expected to live
5 AustraliaAustralia…Is the only country on the world’s smallest, flattest continentHas the oldest, least fertile soilsHas less rain than everywhere but AntarcticaIncludes mainland, island of Tasmania, & several other islandsIs surrounded by the Indian & Pacific Oceans
6 4 Important Physical Regions Great Barrier ReefCoral SeaAyers RockGreat Victoria Desert
7 Great Barrier Reef World’s largest coral reef Off northeast coast of AustraliaIn the Coral SeaHas world’s largest collection of coral400 kinds of coral, 1500 species of fish, 4000 types of mollusks
8 Coral Sea Part of Pacific Ocean Plate tectonics created Coral Sea Important source of Great Barrier Reef’s coralLots of uninhabited islands in Coral Sea claimed by Australia
9 Ayers Rock Monolith (large visible tip of massive underground rock) 12 stories tall (1100 feet)6 miles in circumferenceMade of sandstone – grey but rusts due to iron in rockSacred to Aborigines who call it Uluru
10 Great Victoria Desert southwest of Ayers Rock Gets 8-10 inches of rain each yearSome grasslands, sand hills, & salt lakesNamed after Britain’s Queen Victoria160,000 square milesMostly uninhabited
11 Australia’s Climate Dry across middle North: tropical – rain forests, mangrove swamps, grassland, desertMilder climate on southeast & southwest coasts – most people live here
12 Outback Largest part of Australia Mainly open country Resource is mining
13 CRCT Test Prep pages450. Which best describes the geography of Australia? Large semi-arid region with temperate climates in the southeastern coastal areas 451. Which statement describes a monolith? Visible tip of a massive underground rock 452. What is the main reason few people live in the Great Victoria Desert? It is too hot and dry
14 CRCT Test Prep pages453. Where is the Great Barrier Reef? Coral Sea 454. What climate conditions are found in central Australia? Hot and dry
15 Some Indigenous Animals cassowaryLong-nosed bandicootRed kangarookoalaTree kangarooWombatTasmanian DevilSugar GliderDingo
16 Location, Climate, and Natural Resources Affect Where People Live GPS: SS6G13a, Describe how Australia’s location, climate, and natural resources have affected where people live.E.Q.: How have Australia’s location, climate, and natural resources affected where people live?
17 Location: The “Land Down Under” Australia lies about 2000 miles southeast of Asia.It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the east and the Indian Ocean on the west.It is in the southern hemisphere below the equator.
18 Location Seasons are opposite of the United States. Northern part of the country has a tropical climate because it is closer to the equator.There are two seasons : wet and dry (winter is wet, and summer is dry and hot).
19 Location Deserts are hot and dry. Nearly 80% of the people live in urban areas; 70% live in cities.Southeast and southwest coasts are temperate; that is why most people live there.
20 LocationChina is Australia’s leading trading partner because of its location.It is expensive for people to visit Australia.New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and China make up most of the tourists. Most tourists come from New Zealand.
21 Outback Outback has many areas of grazing land. Mining is an important industry.Australia leads the world in the production of diamonds and lead. They also lead in bauxite which is used to make aluminum.The minerals are in hard to reach areas.Roads and railroads have to be built to reach these minerals.Expensive equipment is needed to move the minerals to the cities.
22 Natural Resources: 1/3 of Australia’s Economy Mining – exports more coal & iron ore than any other country; leads in mining bauxite, titanium, industrial diamonds; gold & silverArable land – grow enough grain, cotton, cattle to sell extra to other countries (Farming is important!)Tourism – summer is December to March
23 CRCT Test Prep pages 181463. Which nation’s citizens visit Australia more than any other? New Zealand 464. Which resource attracted thousands of immigrants to South Australia in the nineteenth century (1800s)? Gold
24 CRCT Test Prep pages 181465. Which month is best for beachgoers in Sydney, Australia? December 466. Which nearby country is important to Australia for trade? China
25 Impact of English Colonization on the Language and Religion of Australia GPS: SS6G14a. Explain the impact of English colonization on the language and religion of Australia.E.Q.: How did English colonization impact the language and religion of Australia?
26 Australia’s Official Language: English Colonized by Great Britain – colonists and prisoners spoke EnglishThe gold rush brought settlers – mostly English speakers.
27 Australia’s Official Language: English After independence from Great Britain in 1901, Australia passed laws to stop immigration from Africa and Asia.The government only wanted immigrants that were of European ancestry.Nowadays some people come from other countries but English is the official language.
28 Religion in Australia1788 – Christianity was introduced when the British arrived.The Irish convicts were mostly Catholic.Other convicts & guards were mostly Anglican & Methodist.
29 Religion in AustraliaEuropean settlers – Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, & BaptistMost today are Catholic or AnglicanLess than 5% are Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist
30 CRCT Test Prep page 185472. What religion did most of Australia’s Irish prisoners practice? Roman Catholic 473. Why did the Australian government restrict immigration after it became independent from Great Britain in 1901? It only wanted immigrants that were of European ancestry What language did the first European settlers speak in Australia? English
31 How the Literacy Rate Affects the Standard of Living GPS: SS6G14b. Evaluate how the literacy rate affects the standard of living.E.Q.: How does the literacy rate affect the standard of living?
32 Australia’s Literacy and Standard of Living 99% literacy rate (nearly all adult Australians can read and write)One of the highest literacy rates and standards of living in the worldBut it is worse for Aborigines – many are very poor, have poor health care, and a lower life expectancy.
33 CRCT Test Prep page 186476. Which is an effect of a low literacy rate? The population has a lower standard of living Which is TRUE of the literacy rate in Australia? Nearly all adult Australians can read and write Which is TRUE about Australia’s standard of living? Australia has one of the highest standards of living in the world.