Atlas of Australia

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Explore Australia! Take a look at the continent's people, cities, plants, animals, farming and industry, transportation, and leisure activities.

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Explore Australia! Take a look at the continent's people, cities, plants, animals, farming and industry, transportation, and leisure activities.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
For middle readers just beginning a serious study of geography and cartography, this "World Atlases" series offers eight volumes of colorful maps showing seven continents and the polar regions. Each book has thirteen double-page spreads, starting with an introduction to map conventions and symbols (compass rose, tropics, the equator, scale bar). The political map of Australia shows that this continent contains only one country, though New Zealand and its flag are represented, too. Other spreads present maps of Australia's landforms, bodies of water (Murray River, Lake Eyre, New Zealand's Lake Taupo), climate, and major ecosystems, including a selection of Australia's unusual animals and plants. Especially interesting is the population map, picturing a large, sparsely populated area (Outback) and only a few densely populated centers around Sydney and Melbourne. A "People and Customs" spread tells something of the aboriginal cultures, with pictures of Maori dancers and an Aborigine artist painting with ochre, plus, designed as a bulletin board, a postcard page displaying touristy views of attractions like a crocodile show and Perth's skyscrapers. A products map reveals that Australians raise huge numbers of sheep and cattle and mine 95% of the world's opals, while a transportation map shows how they get around on highways, trains, and ferryboats. As a finale, the last spread takes readers on a journey to the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter and boat to explore underwater coral. Summing it all up is a page of brief Australian facts and a glossary. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404838895
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Picture Window Books World Atlases Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 962,346
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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