Purpose Games • Australia Political Map Quiz • Australia Physical Map Quiz
The Land Down Under • Australia is a continent below China in the Pacific Ocean • It is a member of the British Commonwealth • Population: 21,575, 341 (2013) • It is an island country
Size and Settlement • Australia is almost as big as the U.S. (excluding Alaska) and 2 times bigger than Europe! • Australia was settled by Aboriginal tribes • Later under British control they put convicts on the islands when their prisons were full
Physical Geography • Most people live near the coastline • Mot of the interior is desert • The Great Barrier Reef: The world largest coral reef – over 132,000 miles
Mountains • Mt. Kosciuszko is the highest peak in Australia • The most famous terrain is Uluru. A large sandstone rock formation • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbbyGSmCyMY
Murray River • Australia’s longest river beginning in the Australian Alps and running to the Southeastern corner of the country
Major Cities • Canberra: Capital of Australia • Sydney: Contains 20% of Australia’s population, 4.5 million people • Home to the Sydney Opera House http://panedia.com/virtualtour/content/1842 • Melbourne: Second largest city in Australia ; ranks among the most livable cities in the world
Australia’s Past • Folklore • Read the assignment quietly please
Australia today Government Australia by the numbers 25% Roman Catholic 4th highest life expectancy 1606: Year found by Europeans • A federal parliamentary bi cameral system (two parts) with a Prime Minister as an executive power • House • Senate • Officially part of the British Commonwealth • What is a commonwealth?
Australia Quiz • Two day notice – • Quiz will be on all information related to Australia we have learned
Boomerangs • Read the article silently please and complete the requirements in full.
Animals of Australia • Echidna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHjdIXN9v2g • Platypus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ptN_5BWCc • Sugar Gliders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ptN_5BWCc