Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Size!

Australia consists of two land masses: mainland Australia and Tasmania. It lies on and extends south from the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere between latitudes 10°41' and 43°39'S and longitudes 113°9' and 153°39'E.
It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Indian Ocean to the west, the Afarura Sea to the north, and the Southern Ocean to the south.
The nearest neighbour is Papua New Guinea, 200 kilometres to the north. Timor Leste is 640 kilometres to the north west, New Zealand is 1920 kilometres east, and Antartica is 2000 kilometres due south.

Size of Australia compared to Europe: MapArea
The area of Australia is 7 682300 square kilometres. Australia is about the size of the mainland United States excluding Alaska, and approximately 24 times the size of the Brittish Isles.

Distances
Mainland east to west, 3983 kilometres, north to south, 3138 kilometres. Coastline including Tasmania and off-sure islands, 36,735 kilometres.

There are many sites on the internet showing maps and comparisons from other countries to Australia. I hope the ones I chose are correct or near enough!

 The first map is how Europe first into Australia.

Second map is how Australia fits into the USA.



12 comments:

  1. Wow! This is a great post! Australia and the US are almost the same size. I had no idea. I always thought that surely Australia was bigger.

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    1. What we think and what we see are often two different things. I personally had no idea, so was rather surprised myself.

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  2. You could swallow us up many times over.

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    1. Yes Australia could indeed Rosemary. I did see another comparison whereby the UK was placed in the middle of Australia and it was so tiny :)

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  3. It's very interesting but I don't know that Australia is almost as same as the USA, But climate ios better in the US for me as a European person.

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    1. It's a large area. We have cooler climate as well but no doubt not as cold as Poland especially in the winter.

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  4. This is a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  5. Those comparisons are really interesting. I did not realize Australia is as big as it is.

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    1. Hard to imagine, and to think that a lot of Australia you can't live in.

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  6. wow I knew it was big, but it's neat to see the comparison

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    1. It is good to see and know. I always wondered myself.

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