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Australia.ppt susana fdez



A virtual journey through Australia for 12 years old and over with the most important and relevant information . They should answer the quiz afterwards.

A virtual journey through Australia for 12 years old and over with the most important and relevant information . They should answer the quiz afterwards.



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    • Australia
      Down Under
      Australia is sometimes called the land "Down Under". This is because if you look on a map, it is located in the bottom half of the Earth.
    • Size: 2,967,909 square miles (7,686,850 square kilometers); slightly smaller than the continental United States
      Population: 21,262,641 as of July 2009
    • Climate:
      Tropical in the north
      Dry and hot in the desertsThe interior of Australia (called the Outback) is dry with many deserts.
      Official Languages: English
      Currency: Australian dollar
      Capital: Canberra
      temperate in the south
    • Ayers rock
      Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock)
      Ayers Rock, known also by its aboriginal name, "Uluru," is located in a desert region of Australia known as the Red Center. Australia's native people, the Aborigines, believed this giant stone hill was a sacred dwelling for spirits that created the world.
    • The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef ecosystem. It stretches more than 2,000 kilometers along the eastern coast of Australia. The Reef is so big, it can be seen from outer space!
    • Sydney is Australia's biggest city. The Sydney Opera House was made to look like the white sails of a ship.
    • kookaburra, which is also known by its nickname 'laughing jackass.
      The echidna, or spiny anteater
      Aussie animals
      The koala looks like a cuddly little bear. It's not a bear at all, though - it's a marsupial. Koalas like to eat eucalyptus leaves. They get all the water they need from eating leaves and never have to have a drink!
    • Lorikeets (shown here) and parakeets are among Australia's most colorful - and noisiest - birds. They often travel in large flocks, creating a rainbow of beautiful colors.
      The platypus is one of only two mammals in the world that lay eggs.
    • Australia is hopping with about 50 kinds of kangaroos . Kangaroos are marsupials, or mammals that give birth to tiny, poorly developed offspring. In most species, the babies grow up in a pouch on the mother's belly.
    • The Aborigines of Australia
      Australian Aborigines were almost exterminated by the English colonizers. Today, they represent only 1% of the Australian population, roughly estimated at around 200,000 people. When Captain Cook arrived in 1770, there were about 300,000 of them. The Aborigines inhabited Australia for at least 25,000 years
      . Racial discrimination is a very serious crime in Australia, and the government is giving extra support to indigenous
      Happily many things have changed for the betteramongst Aborigines today, and many anti-discrimination laws have been reinforced.
      A Pioneer settler
    • The Southern Cross constellation (5 stars) is on the right side of the flag - the Southern Cross is a major navigational constellation in the Southern Hemisphere
      The flag is also called the Commonwealth Blue Ensign. It has three main design elements on a deep blue background:
      The large, white, seven-pointed Commonwealth Star (also called the Star of Federation) - it is symbolic of the original states of Australia.
      The British Union Jack flag is in the upper left corner - noting Australia's ties to Great Britain
      A Boomerang is a wooden device that is thrown, primarily for the purposes of hunting.
    • What's a didjeridoo?
      A simple wooden tube blown with the lips like a trumpet, which gains its sonic flexibility from controllable resonances of the player's vocal tract.
    • have fun in the Land Down Under !