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Australia!

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Transcript of Australia!

This is where Australia is.
How people affect the environment
Australia!
By: Alex Ho, Kevin Sung

Australian Stats & Facts!
Physical Landforms
How The Environment Affects People
Political Situation
Natural Resources
Current Environmental Threats\Problems
1. Introduction of Exotic Species
Capital City: Canberra
Population: 22.32 Million (2011)
Currency: $1 CAN = $1.03 AUS
Unofficial Animal: Red Kangaroo
Median Age:38.1 years
Life Expectancy: 81.98
Per Capita Income: $42,000
Major Cities: Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide
Australian Environment
Mountain Ranges
Bodies Of Water
Great Barrier Reef
Lake Eyre
The Great Dividing Range
Mountain Ranges of Tasmania
Plains
Bogong High Plains
Geraldton Sandplains
Other
Ayers rock
2. Climate Change
It is estimated that Australia gains around 20 new pests or diseases each year (Ex. Cane toads, red fire ants)
Ballast water from shipping has alone introduced more than 300 species to Australian waters
With 1500 land-based species threatened, Australia has struggled against an extinction crisis
Australian Outback
Australian City
From 1910 - 2004, average temperature increased by 0.9°C
Government assessments predict over 250,000 Australian homes are at risk from rising sea levels
Global average median sea level for 2011 was 210mm above since 1880
Great Barrier Reef

Negative impacts from us humans
Climate Change
Coral Bleaching
Pollution
Overfishing
Earth Hour
Renewable
Non-Renewable
Hydro 63.4%
Wind 22.9%
Bio 11.5%
Solar 2.1%
Coal 85%
Other 15%
Negative
Second driest continent, therefore has very limited water supply
Positive
Dust storms are very frequent, causing much distraught to Australians
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Normal
During the 2009 dust storm
Great Barrier Reef
Ayers Rock
The Great Dividing Range
Flora
Golden Wattle (Indigenous)
Boneseed (Introduced)
Fauna
Kangaroo (Indigenous)
Dingo (Introduced)
Cultural Information
Provides a source of energy through hydro and wind power
Languages

• Australia has no official language but more than 75% of the people there speak English with a distinctive accents and vocabulary.

Ethnicities

• 92% Caucasian, 7% Asian, and 1% others

Religion

• 33% Protestant, 25% Roman Catholic, 22 % None Religious, and 20% others

Customs

• Australian’s customs are really close to Canada because Australia’s population is made up of different cultures resulting different customs like us.
• Is a constitutional monarchy like us with a federal division of powers. It uses a parliamentary system of government with Queen Elizabeth 2 at its apex as the Queen of Australia. Like Canada, they too have a Prime Minister. The current prime minister is Julia Gillard since 2010 as she is the leader of the Australian Labor Party.
There will be another election in June 24 2013.
Sources
http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-flora
http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-fauna
http://australia.gov.au/topics/environment-and-natural-resources/natural-resources
http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/flora_and_fauna.html
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/env_glance.html
http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/oceans_and_marine/priority_ocean_places/great_barrier_reef/threats/
Surrounded by Pacific and Indian Ocean
Has marine borders with New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, East Timor and Indonesia
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