Major Cities | Great Barrier Reef | Western Plateau | Central Lowlands | Great Dividing Range
The Western Plateau
The Western Plateau covers 75% of Australia's land. This area is larger than many states in the U.S. combined. The Western Plateau is spread all over Australia.
The central part of the plateau is covered with desert. The areas that aren't desert are mostly used to graze livestock. The Western Plateau has higher elevation than the Central Lowlands, even though it is a very flat area. The rainfall is very heavy in the north and the southwest, these areas have most of the crop land.
The Western Plateau consists of two large cities, they
are Adelaid and Perth. Both of the cities are in the coastal plains. Those
are the only two major cities. Of course there are more cities then that
like Whyalla, Broken Hill, and Mount Is a.
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The Central Lowlands
The flattest part of Australia is called The Central Lowlands. The Central Lowlands begin at the Gulf of Carpentaria and stretch past the Great Artesian Basin. The Central Lowlands can be found southwest of the Great Dividing range. The Central Lowlands is mostly desert.
The Outback is found in the Central Lowlands. stations
can be found in the outback. The stations found in the Central Lowlands have
animals such as sheep. Other animals found in the Central Lowlands are dingos.
Mining towns are also found in the outback. This area of Australia has a
low population. Much of the Central Lowlands Is covered by dry grasslands.
The outback has a steppe climate with little water .The great artesian basin
runs under the central lowlands. Ranchers use this
for irrigating grazing land.
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The Great Dividing Range
Also known as the Great Divide or Eastern Highlands the
Great Dividing Range is a system of mountain ranges and plateaus that runs
along Eastern Australia for more than two thousand miles. The Great Dividing
Range divides two of Australia's major rivers ,the Murray and Darling. Some
of the mountain ranges found in the Great Dividing Range are McPherson and
Clarke ranges, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Gramplains, and the Australian
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, runs along the East coast of Queensland in Australia. This great place amazing sight is made up of over 2,900 single coral
The Great Barrier Reef has many different things that live on it. There are over 1,500 different species of fish, 500 species of seaweed, 400 different kinds of coral, 215 kinds of birds, and 16 kinds of sea snakes. Your probably wondering why there's not a big amount of sharks like all the rest of the species listed, but the reason for that is that sharks would prefer open ocean. Some of the other animals that live around here are the squids, green turtles, the seal, and some dolphins.
The reef is damaged by many things these days. There are specific fish that damage the reef like the Crown Of Thorns starfish, how it destroys it is by eating the coral. People destroy it every day by walking on it, taking pieces of it for a souvenirs, dropping anchors on them, and many other acts that show carelessness. Pollution is another problem. Some pollution is oil spills, fertilizers, and pesticides. Fishing can be a problem to like over fishing and drag nets.
The Great Barrier Reef would be an amazing trip to take.
It would be a very pretty sight.
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