This is a flippant, silly video (with some language that you might not want young kids hearing), but it shows that the speakers of the same language can still has some have some significant barriers to understanding each other. Dialects of a same language have different pronunciations but also distinct vocabulary that is often place-specific. Dialects and accents create variety in cultural geography that makes traveling around the world enticing and exhilarating because there is always something else to learn about this crazy Earth.
Record rainfall in central Australia leads to flash floods and the closure of Uluru national park.
Tags: Australia, environment, weather and climate, water.
“Triton1982 makes maps by comparing each of the city’s highest and lowest average temperatures against the Koppen classification system.”
Many maps are shared on Reddit, and this series of maps help make some far off places easier to relate to. I think these cross-regional comparisons can also help students also see that countries can have a great degree of internal variety.
Tags: Australia, Oceania, mapping, visualization
“Ecotourism strives to protect the native cultures and environments of destinations while entertaining and informing tourists of all ages. For many years people within the tourism industry have debated what destinations and practices truly qualify as ecotourism without reaching a definitive consensus.”
Ecotourism is an important aspect of Australia’s success. The Australian Government produced a website, that is dedicated to the tourism and ecotourism industry. There is a debate of land claims between the Australian Government and indigenous people. The cultural difference plays a significant role in the success of ecotourism because tourists enjoy the cultural heritage. The separation has created social, political, and economic reasons to be involved or not in ecotourism. The Australian Government has developed certificates and policies to allow aborigines rights of their land.
Tags: biogeography, environment, indigenous, ecology, Australia, Oceania.