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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 coral Bush: remote outback Coral: small sea animal that lives in colonies Monolith: single, large rock Aborigines: indigenous people of Australia Life expectancy: average number of years a person in a country is expected to live

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5 Australia Australia… Is the only country on the world’s smallest, flattest continent Has the oldest, least fertile soils Has less rain than everywhere but Antarctica Includes mainland, island of Tasmania, & several other islands Is surrounded by the Indian & Pacific Oceans

6 4 Important Physical Regions Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea Ayers Rock Great Victoria Desert

7 Great Barrier Reef World’s largest coral reef Off northeast coast of Australia In the Coral Sea Has world’s largest collection of coral 400 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 coral Lots 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 circumference Made of sandstone – grey but rusts due to iron in rock Sacred to Aborigines who call it Uluru

10 Great Victoria Desert southwest of Ayers Rock Gets 8-10 inches of rain each year Some grasslands, sand hills, & salt lakes Named after Britain’s Queen Victoria 160,000 square miles Mostly uninhabited

11 Australia’s Climate Dry across middle North: tropical – rain forests, mangrove swamps, grassland, desert Milder 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 pages 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 pages Where is the Great Barrier Reef? Coral Sea 454. What climate conditions are found in central Australia? Hot and dry

15 Some Indigenous Animals Long-nosed bandicoot cassowary koala Tree kangaroo Tasmanian Devil Sugar Glider Wombat Dingo Red kangaroo

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 Location China 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 & silver Arable 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 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 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 English The 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 Australia 1788 – Christianity was introduced when the British arrived. The Irish convicts were mostly Catholic. Other convicts & guards were mostly Anglican & Methodist.

29 Religion in Australia European settlers – Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, & Baptist Most today are Catholic or Anglican Less than 5% are Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist

30 CRCT Test Prep page 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 world But it is worse for Aborigines – many are very poor, have poor health care, and a lower life expectancy.

33 CRCT Test Prep page 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.


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