Natural Environments of Australia Water Resources Darling and Murray River Artesian wells—water naturally flows to surface
Natural Environments of Australia Climates OUTBACK – 2/3 of the continent is arid & semiarid Avg temp 85 ℉ +
Australia Strange biome--isolation Marsupials mammals with pouches Kangaroo Koala Wallaby
Australia is home to most of the world's marsupials, or pouched mammals. Perhaps the most famous is the kangaroo. A mother kangaroo carries her baby, called a joey, in her pouch.
A baby koala spends the first seven months of its life in its mother's pouch, then climbs out and clings to her back.
The platypus is an egg-laying mammal. It has webbed feet for swimming and a flat, broad bill like a duck's. The bill is covered with soft leathery skin, which has sensitive nerves that help the animal locate food.
Water Resources Great Barrier Reef 2,500 km = 1.600 miles Largest living thing in the world
Great Barrier Reef http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbNeIn3vVKM
Australia History & Culture Shaped as a British Colony, Australia still has one of the world’s oldest continuing cultures. Aborigines lived nomadic lifestyle – Hunted with spears, nets, and boomerangs. Didgeridoo
Australia History and Culture Became independent in 1901 Surprisingly, many Australians fought alongside the British in BOTH World Wars!
Australia Today Importing and Exporting –Mainly trade with U.S. and Asia Mining, Agriculture, and Tourism are key to Australia’s economy Issues and Challenges: Protecting aboriginal culture, protecting the environment, introduction to exotic species. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCgK d7oghLIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCgK d7oghLI
New Zealand Natural Resources Hydroelectricity= power generated from water Fertile Soil = Good for agriculture (farming)
New Zealand History and Culture Maori- indigenous people of New Zealand Colonized by Britain Maori Wars 1845-1872 (Maori lost European disease) – Independent in 1907
New Zealand Maori Culture http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=3BoNmpv kavo&feature=related
New Zealand People Language: Maori, English Settlement: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch Jobs: tourism, farming (sheep) Food: lamb, sweet potatoes, pavlova, tea
New Zealand Economy and Issues Farming, manufacturing, tourism –Exports: wool, meat, fish, dairy, kiwi small country = hard to develop economy of scale Relies on exports –Australia, U.S.A, Japan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh- 0knDpn5g&NR=1&feature=endscreen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PfsA3FbQws