Down Under Day 20: Meet L.J. Harris and our AUS/NZ Facts of the Day

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Welcome, L. J. Harris!

Our featured author today is L. J. Harris, who resides in Australia.  Please stop by her author page that follows for her interview, books, bio and giveaway!  And don’t forget to search out today’s Down Under Scavenger Hunt word. As we are winding down our Down Under Author Showcase, what new authors and books have you discovered?  What new facts have you learned about Australia and New Zealand?  Drop us a line and let us know!

 

Here are our Down Under Facts of the Day for Australia and New Zealand

 

Australia Fact of the Day

The Big DryAUS desert
Australia has the lowest precipitation of any of the world’s inhabited continents. (Antarctica gets less.) 70 percent of Australia gets less than 500 mm (20 inches) of rainfall per year.

Australia’s Desert Country

One third of Australia’s land is desert. Australia has 10 deserts of which the largest is the Great Victoria Desert, covering just under 5 percent of the country. Ironically, the Great Victoria Desert is not located in Victoria but is in Western Australia and South Australia. The Great Victoria Desert covers 348,750 square kilometres which makes it around one and a half times bigger than the UK or slightly smaller than Montana.

 

New Zealand Fact of the Day

New Zealand is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire. Mount Ruapehu, situated in the middle of North Island, is the most active south island nzvolcano on mainland.

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The highest rainfall in a year in New Zealand was a drenching 18.4 meters (60 feet) in 1997-1998 at Cropp River on the west of the South Island.

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