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Aborigonie as defined in the American Heritage Dictionary Aborigines - The Flora and Fauna native to a geographical area Lat for original inhabitants Aboriginal - Existing from the beginning or being the earliest of its type in an area Physical Enviroment From Australia which is known as the worlds great island continent Cyclones are common around the coast as are severe draughts throughout the land Current enviroment issues are soil erosion from overgrazing industrial development urbanization and poor farming practices Soil salinity rising due to the use of poor quality water desertification clearing for agricultural purposes threatens the natural habitat of many unique animal and plant species Encarta encylopedia KeywordAustralia All these factors effect the life of the Aborigine because they are hunter-gatherer groups who depend on their enviroment for food Natural Resources are abundant in bauxite coal iron ore copper tin silver uranium nickel mineral sands lead zinc diamonds natural gas and petroleum Australias long term concerns include pollution particularly depletion of the ozone layer and management and conservation of coastal areas especially the Great Barrier Reef Population The present generation of Aborigines might in fact be the last generation of the culture Initial contact with the British took its tool through foreign illness Ultimatley there are only a handfull of Aborigines that survive today They make up only 1 of the population in Australia Within that 1 are 500 - 600 different groups at least 50 are extinct and 200 different languages or dialects Other ethnic groups make up the rest of Australia white caucasian - 92 Asian 7 Religons Anglican - 261 Roman Catholic - 26 other Christian - 243 non-Christian - 11 Substanince Diet With great knowledge of the land the basic requirement of each migrating group was permanent drinking water within range of which its members could obtain food by hunting and gathering what nature could provide this because the aborigines were neither gardeners nor
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