Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.13 b - Physical and Environmental Features of Australia and Pacific Islands

The student will analyze the characteristics of the Australian and Pacific Islands regions by 

b) describing major physical and environmental features; 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The Australian and Pacific Islands regions contain peninsulas, volcanoes, coral reefs, and an abundance of islands.

ESSENTIALS

Major physical and environmental features 

  • Wide range of vegetation, from tropical rain forests to desert shrubs (Australia is mostly desert) 
  • The Great Dividing Range 
  • The Great Barrier Reef 
  • Australia: Isolation, resulting in unique animal life 
  • Pacific Islands: Volcanic, coral, or continental

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018