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Australia Facts

 

 

Facts in Australia

 

People always want to learn interesting bits and pieces about a person, animal, place or thing.

To indulge your appetite for knowledge, here are a few interesting facts about the beautiful region of Australia.

 

Australia is the country that makes up the mainland of the Australian continent down the Southern Hemisphere.

Its population for the year 2009 is estimated at 22,095,000. Australia’s capital is the beautiful city of Canberra, which is the largest inland city with a population of approximately 345,000.

However, more popular to foreign people is the equally charming city of Sydney, which is also the country’s largest.

 

Sydney, which serves as the state capital of New South Wales, has a population of around 4,399,722.
 

Citizens of Australia are a happy and contented people. Men generally have a life expectancy of 75 years while women have 80 years. But of course, one can never live long enough to enjoy the abundance of wealth and beauty that Australia has to offer.

The country serves as the world’s major exporter of very important goods such as alumina, coal, diamonds, lead, mineral sands, sheep, and refined zinc ores. Other prime products of Australia include beef, cereals, iron ore, lamb, mutton, nickel and veal. Australia has a widely varied climate, but mostly desert or semi-arid climate with sand dunes covering around forty percent of its land mass.

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Nevertheless, the country offers fairly amicable weather in most areas. Temperate climate can be experienced in the southeast and southwest region, while the nice tropical climate can be enjoyed in the northern part.
 
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Climate here varies from part desert, to grasslands to tropical rainforests. The southern part has an annual rainfall of around 100 mm, which is the lowest annual precipitation. The highest, an annual mean of 4400 mm, occurs in Queensland.

Lakes and rivers of this lovely place are also things of interest. Lake Gairdner is Australia’s largest, measuring approximately 4,300 sq. km., while Lake Argyle makes it as the country’s largest artificial lake with 700 sq. km. Deepest of the lakes is Lake St. Claire. 

Longest river in Australia is the Murray River, extending up to 2,520 km and covering over 15% of the continent.

 

This humongous river serves water to four Australian states plus the ACT. One third of the country’s agricultural production, twenty-five percent of its beef and dairy herds, and fifty percent of its croplands and sheep, also depend on Murray River for water needs.

This massive river carries around sixty-two percent of Australia’s irrigated land and comprises fifty percent of the southern region’s water supply.
 

 

 

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