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is australia a country?

is australia a country and tell me some facts aswell pkease in only 6 so i dnt know alot plz help me thx

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Australia is a country that is also a continent.

    Other facts:

    General Information

    * The capital of Australia is Canberra

    * The population of Australia in 1992 was 17,562,000

    * Life expectancy for men is 75 years

    * Life expectancy for women is 80 years

    Australian Geography

    1.The lowest annual rainfall occurs at Lake Eyre in South Australia, with an annual mean precipitation of about 100mm.

    2. The highest annual rainfall occurs at Tully in Queensland, with an annual mean precipitation of 4400mm.

    3. The lowest overnight ground temperatures recorded in Australia were at Canberra with -15.1 degrees, and Stanthorpe in Queensland with -11.0 degrees.

    4. The foggiest capital city in Australia is Canberra with an annual average of 47 fog days, Brisbane with 20 days, and Darwin with 2 days.

    5.Melville Island (5698km square), near Darwin, is the largest Island in Australian Waters (apart from Tasmania).

    6. The highest point in Australia is the top of Mt Kosciusko in New South Wales (2230 metres).

    7. The lowest point in Australia is 15 metres below sea level at Lake Eyre in South Australia.

    8. The largest lakes in Australia include Lake Eyre (9500km2), Lake Torrens (5900km2) and Lake Gairdner (4300km2) which are all in South Australia.

    9. The largest artificial lake in Australia is Lake Argyle (700km2) which is in Western Australia.

    10. The Deepest lake in Australia is Lake St Clair.

    11. The Murray River is the longest river in Australia at 2520km, combining with the Darling and Upper Darling Rivers to form the Murray-Darling basin. The Murray Darling extends over 15% of the continent, and serving 4 States and the ACT with water. The Murray also supports about 1/3 of Australia's agricultural production, supports 50% of Australia's sheep and croplands, and 25% of beef and dairy herds, contains about 62% of the country's irrigated land and supplies 50% of South Australia's water.

    12. The continental shelf below Australia varies in width between 30km and 240km.

    Australia is the Worlds Largest Exporter of:

    * Coal

    * Wool

    * Alumina

    * Diamonds

    * Sheep

    * Lead

    * Refined zinc ores

    * Mineral sands

    Other Exports Include:

    * Veal

    * Lamb

    * Sugar

    * Nickel

    * Beef

    * Mutton

    * Cereals

    * Iron Ore

    Principal Trading Partners Include:

    Japan, USA and EC member states

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  • 4 years ago

    George A, don t be mean.

    Australia has eight federal districts- six states and two territories. They are (with their state capitals in brackets):

    New South Wales/NSW (Sydney)

    Queensland/QLD (Brisbane)

    South Australia/SA (Adelaide)

    Victoria/VIC (Melbourne)

    Tasmania/TAS (Hobart)

    Western Australia/WA (Perth)

    Northern Territory/NT (Darwin)

    Australian Capital Territory/ACT (Canberra)

    Its leader is called a Prime Minister. Australia s current Prime Minister is Malcolm Turnbull, and the first Prime Minister was Edmund Barton.

    It is the 6th-largest country in the world (behind Russia, Canada, China, America and Brazil). It is also the largest country without land borders. It became its own country in 1901, however it is still politically reliant on Britain- its laws are approved by the Governor-General, a representative of the Queen of England (currently Peter Cosgrove).

    The national anthem is "Advance Australia Fair", which was adopted in 1984 after a vote in 1977.

    A sausage sizzle is a well-known meal in Australia. It is a sausage wrapped up in a slice of bread, and is usually served at fundraisers or elections. Another well-known meal is fairy bread, which is a slice of bread with butter and sprinkles. (White bread is usually used.) There is also Vegemite. Vegemite is meant to be spread on bread. You are NOT meant to eat Vegemite with a spoon, and if an Australian tells you otherwise, they are doing it for their own amusement.

    The currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).

    The country mainly speaks English, and is known for its wildlife such as kangaroos, wombats and koalas (drop bears are not real, no matter what you hear about them).

    Australian historical figures:

    Captain James Cook (1728-1729), British sailor who "discovered" Australia.

    Eddie Mabo (1936-1992), Aboriginal who overturned the doctrine of terra nullius (which said that there were no humans in Australia before British settlement and therefore Aboriginals had no claim to the land).

    Tom Keneally (1935-), Author known for Schindler s Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

    A.B. "Banjo" Patterson (1864-1941), poet known for Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River.

    Vincent Lingiari (1919-1988), prominent figure in the fight for Aboriginal land rights.

    Private John Simpson (1892-1915), Australian soldier who used donkeys to evacuate wounded soldiers and provide first aid in World War I.

    Ned Kelly (1854-1880), bushranger, criminal and folk hero.

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  • Denice
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    4 years ago

    Both. Australia is a continent on the Indo-Australian tectonic plate. The continent is occupied by a single country, also called Australia.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I knew this answer, but I did look it up because it got me thinking.

    It is a country, in the southern hemisphere

    However, it is also the smallest continent...

    And it took me literally 5 seconds to look up, confirm what I thought, and spread the knowledge, next time just look it up..

    self help should is always the most rewarding help

    Quinn

    Source(s): Schooling, and google
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  • 1 decade ago

    It is a country & continent at the same time.

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  • Sweetie, it is. here are some sites that can help you alot in the future. Goodluck... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia

    http://www.wikipedia.org/

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  • 1 decade ago

    Australia (pronounced /əˈstreɪljə, ɒˈstreɪljə/, or formally /ɔːˈstreɪliə/), officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the mainland, which is both the world's smallest continent and the world's largest island, the island of Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.N4 It is the only area of land simultaneously considered a continent, a country and an island. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east and New Zealand to the southeast.

    For around 40,000 years before European settlement commenced in the late 18th century, the Australian mainland and Tasmania were inhabited by around 250 individual nations of indigenous Australians. After sporadic visits by fishermen from the immediate north, and European discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606, the eastern half of Australia was claimed by the British in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales, founded on 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in the following years; the continent was explored, and during the 19th century another five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were established.

    On 1 January 1901, the six colonies became a federation, and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system and remains a Commonwealth realm. The population is just over 21.7 million, with approximately 60% concentrated in and around the mainland state capitals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. The nation's capital city is Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

    Technologically advanced and industrialised, Australia is a prosperous multicultural country and has excellent results in many international comparisons of national performance such as health care, life expectancy, quality-of-life, human development, public education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Australian cities also routinely rank among the world's highest in terms of livability, cultural offerings, and quality of life. It is a member of the United Nations, G-20 major economies, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, OECD, and the WTO.The name Australia is derived from the Latin Australis, meaning "Southern". Legends of an "unknown land of the south" (terra australis incognita) date back to Roman times and were commonplace in medieval geography but were not based on any documented knowledge of the continent. In 1521 Spaniards were among the first Europeans to sail the Pacific Ocean. The first use of the word Australia in English was in 1625, in "A note of Australia del Espíritu Santo, written by Master Hakluyt", published by Samuel Purchas in Hakluytus Posthumus. The Dutch adjectival form Australische was used by Dutch East India Company officials in Batavia to refer to the newly discovered land to the south in 1638. Australia was used in a 1693 translation of Les Aventures de Jacques Sadeur dans la Découverte et le Voyage de la Terre Australe, a 1676 French novel by Gabriel de Foigny under the pen-name Jacques Sadeur.and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean (1771), to refer to the entire South Pacific region. In 1793, George Shaw and Sir James Smith published Zoology and Botany of New Holland, in which they wrote of "the vast island, or rather continent, of Australia, Australasia or New Holland". It also appeared on a 1799 chart by James Wilson.

    The name Australia was popularised by Matthew Flinders, who, as early as 1804, pushed for the name to be formally adopted. When preparing his manuscript and charts for his 1814 A Voyage to Terra Australis, he was persuaded by his patron Sir Joseph Banks to use the term Terra Australis as this was the name most familiar to the public. Flinders did so, but allowed himself the footnote:

    "Had I permitted myself any innovation on the original term, it would have been to convert it to Australia; as being more agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth."

    This is the only occurrence of the word Australia in that text; but in Appendix III, Robert Brown's General remarks, geographical and systematical, on the botany of Terra Australis, Brown makes use of the adjectival form Australian throughout, this being the first known use of that form. Despite popular conception, the book was not instrumental in the adoption of the name: the name came gradually to be accepted over the following ten years.

    Governor Lachlan Macquarie of New South Wales subsequently used the word in his dispatches to England, and on 12 December 1817 recommended to the Colonial Office that it be formally adopted. In 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known officially as Australia.

    The word Australia in Australian Engli

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    australia is country Why?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    for a 6 year old you sure are stupid, i take it you're american?

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