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Australia and New Zealand belong to the same geographical realm but differ greatly in physiography. Why?
australia lies on the center of the australian plate far from any active edges.
NZ straddles a subduction plate where the pacific plate plunges below the australian plate
How do Australia and NZ differ physiographically?
australia-vast, dry, low relief, volcanoes and earthquakes are rare and unknown
NZ-mountainous, LOTS of volcanoes and earthquakes
evolved from overlap of geography and biology. 2 main branches: zoology and phytogeography (plants)
What are the major urban centers of Australia?
1. sydney (3.7 million)
2. melbourne (3.3 million)
3. canberra (342,000)
What are some things that Australia and NZ have in common?
1. british heritage
2. challenges of distance and remote location
3. high % urbanization
4. indigenous people concerns
5. excellent quality of life
What is significant about the Southern Ocean?
it is the 4th largest ocean at 13.7 million square miles. and contains world's biggest ocean current, a thousand times the flow of the amazon.
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