AU (AU)

A self-governing country comprising geographically the continent of Australia (the smallest continent in the world) and the island of Tasmania to the south—a total land area of 2,966,151 square miles (7,682,300 square kilometers), slightly smaller than that of the United States of America, all lying south of the equator, between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. It is divided into six states (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania) and two territories (Northern and Australian Capital). Its population (1994) is 18 million. The country has hundreds of species of eucalyptus and acacia trees. About 1,000 flowering plants are indigenous to the country. The fauna peculiar to Australia includes the emu, wallaby, koala, kangaroo and du...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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