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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.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 22, 7:30 PM

If you read this list you'll know why! From crocodiles to pythons and stonefish it's good to not live in the nether regions of Australia. There are even venomous centipedes and mad as hell cassowaries.

Mostly no surprise here as the coast is where most people will live given a choice. Plus the rainfall map shows us people will normally live nearest their food supply. In Australia's case the food is next to the population base as dictated by rainfall amounts. Still no bargain for the denizens of the country as these things called Great Whites are lurking offshore!

Devyn Hantgin's curator insight, March 23, 9:03 PM

How to recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes

This map shows how little of a population lives in the majority of Australia. This map was made to show the relationship of population to coastal areas. The yellow area is not highly populated because it is very hot and dry. 

This relates to the unit because it is a map showing the relationship between population and coastline areas. In our class we learn to look at maps and data and find patterns and relationships within the information given. 

Jason Schneider's curator insight, April 9, 11:14 PM

Apparently, 2% of Australia's population lives mostly away from the coast between Australia and the ocean. Even though many countries have people who mostly live closer to the coast rather than closer to the middle at any given country, Australia has one of the lowest percentages of people living away from the coast that separates its country and the ocean. The main reason why many people rather live near the coast of a country is obviously because it's closer to the water. People rather live near the coast for fishing activities, farming and accessing to world trade. Also as you can see, most of the eastern part of Australia has many people that live in Australia. In that case, there are many tourists from Oceanic islands that visit the east side of Australia seeing as Oceania is east of Australia. Lastly, the middle/yellow area of Australia contains many desert areas and open grasslands so people would barely be able to live in that region.

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