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What are the natural and human features of the Shoalhaven River area?

Student activities

Task no. 1

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What are the natural and human features of the Shoalhaven River area?

Climate

Use Source 2 to identify the average rainfall, maximum and minimum temperatures and describe the climate of the Shoalhaven River area.

Source 2: Bureau of Meteorology Climate map 

Natural and human features

View the Shoalhaven River images in Sources 3 and 4 and discuss how to identify the natural and human features of the Shoalhaven River area using the word banks as a guide.

Photo sketch

Using the large image online in the download resource,  draw a sketch map of Shoalhaven River area in Source 5.  Label the natural features, focusing on landforms and the human features, including land use.

Questions for discussion

Natural features

  • What landforms do you see? For example, beaches, flood plains, hills, rivers, valleys.
  • What other natural features do you see?
  • What natural vegetation do you see? Where is the vegetation in relation to the landforms?

Human features

  • What human features do you see?
  • How is the land being used in each of the images?
  • What is the purpose behind this use?
  • Discuss possible reasons for the location of the urban areas and the farming areas.

Natural features word bank:

beach, escarpment, estuary, forest, higher flood-plain, hill, low-lying flood plain, mountain, mountain range, ocean, river

Human features word bank:

business centre, bridge, car park, farmland, fishing jetty, housing, industrial area, moorings, oval, oyster lease, residential, road, shopping centre, wharf

Nowra Bridge, 2004, photographed by Daryl Jones, 2004
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Aerial photographs of Greenwell Point, 2004 / by Daryl Jones, 2004
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Series 04: Aerial digital photographs of the Shoalhaven area, 2004 / by Daryl Jones., 2004
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