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Highly concentrated population distribution

Highly concentrated population distribution | Geography Education |

"Only 2% of Australia's population lives in the yellow area. "

Seth Dixon's insight:

Questions to Ponder: Why is Australia's population so highly clustered?  What is it about the yellow (and white) areas that explain this pattern?  How does this map of rainfall add to our understanding? What other layers of information do we need to properly contextualize this information?   

Just for fun, here is a Buzzfeed list that highlights the dangerous biogeography of Australia.  Maybe this is why people aren't living in the yellow region.   

Tags: AustraliaOceania, population, density.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, December 10, 6:28 PM

An entire continent and only 2% of the population is living in the yellow? That's insane! If needed would the population be able to survive in yellow if they accommodated the people with shelter, water, and a means of survival? I think I personally would want maybe a "summer" house in the yellow to get away from everyone and everything once in awhile. It would be like going to the countryside!

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 11:20 AM

While Australia may large in area, little of that land can actually be inhabited. Since populations are often tied to precipitation and therefore agricultural potential, the "Outback" of Australia is not suitable for large populations. Unforgiving desert climates mixed with rough terrain cannot provide appropriate food growth, therefore limiting population growth. On the other hand, much of the coast contains ample enough rainfall as well as soil quality in order to produce food. Also, the allocation of major cities near the coasts have allowed for increased development due to trade, transportation, and tourism.  

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, December 16, 9:52 PM

This image shows that geography can greatly affect where a population settles and is concentrated.  Living along the coast provides many benefits and resources for those who live there.  Heavy rainfall and other dangerous biogeographic factors keep people from settling in the yellow area of the continent. 

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