7 Today’s StandardSS6G12 The student will be able to locate selected features of Australia.
8 Essential Question: What makes Australia so unique?
9 Physical Features of Australia Australia has huge desert plains stretching across the country’s middle.It’s largest part has semi-arid (dry land) called the OutbackIt hasmilder climates along thesoutheastern and southwesternCoastsThere are larger populations in the southerncoastal regions, esp. on the eastcoast.
10 It is the world’s smallest and flattest continent Northern Australia has a tropical climate,rain forests, mangrove swamps, grasslandsIt is the world’s smallest and flattest continentThe Indian Ocean andPacific Oceans surroundAustraliaGondwana Rainforest,AustraliaEvergreen tree that are can survive in saltwater
11 Return to our……. “Essential Question(s)” What are the major physical features of Australia, and where are they located on a map:Great Barrier ReefCoral SeaAyers RockGreat Victoria Desert
15 Video on Barrier Reef (4 minutes) narrated-by-sylvia-earle/oceans-barrier-reef
16 Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef.Coral reefs are made up of living organisms.They exist in the ocean.The Great Barrier Reef stretches over an area of almost 133,000 square miles.It is so vast that it can be seen from outer space.As the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef has been labeled as one of the seven wonders of the world.It lies in the Coral Sea, off the northeast coast of Australia.
22 Great Victorian Desert The Great Victorian Desert is in southern Australia.It is vast, barren region with many small lakes and grasslands.It is the largest desert in AustraliaIt is the third largest desert in the world
24 The Outback Much of Australia is covered by the Australian Outback. It is a dry region that covers most of Australia’s interior.Temperatures in the Outback can be very hot.There is very little rain.Most of the soil is not good for farming.Harsh conditions and the lack of fertile farmland mean that very few people live in the Outback.
25 Return to our……. “Essential Question(s)” What are the major physical features of Australia, and where are they located on a map (Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Ayers Rock, and Great Victoria Desert)?
26 CoralSeaGreat Barrier ReefAyers Rock“Uluru”Great Victoria Desert