Chapter 28: Physical Geography of Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica (Geography)

Outback
Outback
a vast area of plains and plateaus that is largely flat and dry
Coral Reef
Coral Reef
a structure formed by the skeletons of small sea animals
Geysers
Geysers
springs of water heated by molten rock inside the Earth that, from time to time, shoots hot water into the air
High Islands
High Islands
mountainous islands in the Pacific Ocean formed by volcanic activity
Low islands
Low islands
types of islands in the Pacific Ocean formed by the buildup of coral
Atolls
Atolls
low-lying, ring-shaped islands that surround shallow pools of water
Continental Islands
Continental Islands
islands formed centuries ago by the rising and folding of the ocean floor due to tectonic plates
Ice Shelf
Ice Shelf
thick layer of ice that extends above the water
Icebergs
Icebergs
huge chunks of ice
Marsupials
Marsupials
mammals that carry their young in a pouch
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus
tree found only in Australia and nearby islands that is well suited to dry conditions with leathery leaves, deep roots, and ability to survive when rivers flood
Pasture
Pasture
the grasses and other plants that are feed for grazing animals
Breadfruit
Breadfruit
a starchy pod that can be cooked in several ways and is a food staple in Oceania
Lichens
Lichens
tiny, sturdy plants that grow in rocky areas
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