austral realm.wps

austral realm.wps - Module 11 The Austral Realm Austral...

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Module 11 The Austral Realm Austral Realm: Australia + New Zealand Does not have high population densities Founded by European colonists Lies far from the source of their cultural heritage Australia: 3 million sq miles Continental landmass + island of Tasmania Core of Australian plate Old worn-out topography à peneplain Interior lowlands flooded; now called Lake Eyre Basin Large part of lowlands is called Great Artesian Basin Southern lowland is drained by Murray and Darling rivers Western Part is a plateau area of old shield rocks à mineral deposits Desert and eroded landforms i.e.: Uluru/Ayers Rock Flora and fauna are distinctive Climates: harsh environment like Russia Hot and dry 10 S and 40 S latitude High pressure belt b/w 20 and 30 reduces precipitation Variety of climates that supports sugarcane fields and tea plantations Outback: steppe climate w/ sheep + cattle industries Interior: desert shrub lands New Zealand: 100,000 sq miles 2 major islands: north + south island. Relative location is 1500 miles east of
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course GEOG 160 taught by Professor Cromley during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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