Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...its rather forbidding rocky coast and the mountains. The Central division takes in the plateaus of the mountains. The third, the Western division, embraces the plains country, which has an average rainfall of less than ten inches a year. In this section lies the Darling River, which joins the Murray on the Victorian state boundary and is a part of the continent's only important river system. Between them the two rivers drain five-sixths of New South Wales and almost one-seventh of Australia, yet the Darling, running directly across the state from north to south, dwindles in dry seasons to a mere rivulet, and once was practically dried up for a period of eleven months. Its peculiar land formations give New South Wales a diversified climate and even more diversified products. The rainfall ranges from over seventy inches a year in some localities to less than ten inches in others. In the northern and western parts extreme heat is not unusual during the Australian summer, while in the southern part there is a chain of mountains where during their winter--June, July and August--the people are sometimes snowbound. From a dry scientific report I culled the rather startling information that Mt. Kosciusko, 7.328 feet above sea level, the highest point in Australia and the place from which spring the headwaters of the Murray, is the oldest mountain in the world; that long before other mountains had been formed by upheavals of the earth, Kosciusko reared its lonely head to a height twice that of today. It is hard to surpass Mt. Kosciusko for grandeur and beauty, and the government of New South Wales has set it aside as a playground, where may be enjoyed such winter sports as skating and skiing, denied to most Australians. New South Wales produces all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565312
  • 9781236565310