All about Australia Take a trip to the land Down Under...


January 24, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

All about Australia

Take a trip to the land Down Under tonight at the North Carroll Branch Library in Greenmount during a program all about Australia -- its climate, history, people and animals, including kangaroos and koalas. Here are a few facts to get you going:

Australia is the only nation to occupy an entire continent. It's also the smallest continent and the sixth largest country (the United States is the fourth largest).

Its capital is Canberra, which was designed by an American city planner, Walter Burley Griffin.

Australia's population is 19,357,594, about 259 million less than the United States' population.

Australia has 2,966,200 square miles and an average of 6.5 people per square mile. The United States has 3,679,192 square miles and about 75.6 people per square mile.

Australia's has six states.

Australia's seasons are the opposite of ours: Summer is from December to February, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August, and spring is from September to November.

Australia is known as the "land Down Under" because it's in the Southern Hemisphere, "under" the equator.

The program, for kids 4 to 10, begins at 6:45 p.m.; 2255 Hanover Pike, 410-386-4480.

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