Gradual Terrain Changes in Southern Australia – December 5th, 2008
This clear image shows the geographic diversity of the state of New South Wales, Australia (open full image for larger, panaromic view).
Visible on the far left, the western plains comprise almost two-thirds of New South Wales and are mostly arid or semi-arid. The extremely irregular Darlington River is located in this region.
Moving eastward, the western slopes rise gradually. They fill a significant portion of the state’s area. Much farmland can be observed, as agriculture is the central to the economy of this region. This area, however, is much more sparsely populated than that near the coast.
The terrain becomes greener and less arid continuing eastward towards the Great Dividing Range, which extends from Victoria in the south through New South Wales to Queensland, parallel to the narrow coastal plain.
This area includes the Snowy Mountains, the Northern, Central and Southern Tablelands, the Southern Highlands and the South West Slopes. Whilst not particularly steep, many peaks of the range rise above 1,000 metres (3,280 ft).