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Originally posted by 5senses
Thoughts going out to all you Australians! You are a remarkably strong lot. You went through the floods, then the cyclone hit you and NOW you've got out of control Bushfires! Bloody hell! When I read that on the BBC I gasped and thought "you've got to be kidding!"
What's going on?
I know there are many countries that go through tough times and there are those for whom it is a cyclical thing but NOT Australia. This is not typical - or am I wrong...? It makes me feel wary, the 'A' typicallness of it all, if you get me...
Finding it hard to explain quite what I mean -
it's just all a bit off .
Originally posted by seenitall
Australia is a large place where large scale 'disasters' are common place. Much of our biota is adapted to boom and bust cycles that can be caused by bushfires and ephemeral water bodies.
These events are common, however for all to come within such a short period of time is not normal. I strongly suspect that human development and an increasing population can be at least partially attributed to the increasing damage caused by natural disasters in Australia.
1. Bushfires are annual events at the minimum.
2. Flooding is common. It is necessary to maintain production in our ephemeral wetlands.
3. Cyclones are common in the tropical north regions, but from what I understand most do not make land-fall and/or do not affect zones of human habitation.
The climate of Australia is significantly influenced by ocean currents, including the Indian Ocean Dipole and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, which is correlated with periodic drought, and the seasonal tropical low pressure system that produces cyclones in northern Australia. These factors induce rainfall to vary markedly from year to year. Much of the northern part of the country has a tropical predominantly summer rainfall (monsoon) climate. Just under three quarters of Australia lies within a desert or semi-arid zone.The southwest corner of the country has a Mediterranean climate. Much of the southeast (including Tasmania) is temperate.