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The Fine Line Between Agriculture and Outback

March 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Western Australia - March 20th, 2009

Western Australia - March 20th, 2009

The Wheatbelt region (lower half) is one of the nine regions of Western Australia, with an area of 154,862 square kilometres (59,793 sq mi) (including islands).

It partially surrounds the Perth metropolitan area, extending north from Perth to the Mid West region, and east to the Goldfields-Esperance region. Here, its northeast border with the Mid West region is visible.

The Wheatbelt encompasses a range of environments and industries. Near the coast, it receives relatively high rainfall and mild temperature, while the eastern fringe is very arid.

The remainder of the region is highly suited to agriculture, as is the case with the land visible in the lower half of the image, where many square fields are visible.

The agricultural areas are the source of nearly two thirds of the state’s wheat production, half of its wool production, and the majority of its lamb and mutton, oranges, honey, cut flowers and a range of other agricultural and pastoral products.

The agriculture of the Wheatbelt region seems to end abruptly where the reddish terrain of the Mid West region begins. This region’s economy also varies with the geography and climate. There is intensive agriculture near the coast, while the economy of more arid areas further inland, such as those in the upper half of the image, is dominated by mining of gold, nickel and other mineral resources.

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