Week of January 8, 2017
Discover New Zealand
This link provides more information about the famous Milford Sound (and beautiful pictures).
During our flight, we are watching a cool video all about Australia. Did you know that Australia is bordered by two oceans (Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean)? I wonder how you can tell when you step out of the Indian Ocean and into the Pacific Ocean? Do you think there is some boundary line? Or do you think their waters just flow into one another? Australia is over 7,600,000 square kilometers in size. It is a little bit smaller than the continental United States. The continental United States includes the 48 states without Alaska and Hawaii. The map coordinates for Australia are 27 00 South, 133 00 East. So do you think that Australia is north (above) or south (below) the equator? Is Australia in the southern hemisphere or northern hemisphere? Look at the map and see if you can figure it out.
See the map
Map of Australia
Here is a map of Australia. Can you find Alice Springs? What other large cities can you find that might be the headquarters for Veritas International?
Thursday (still on the flight)
Australia is surrounded on all sides by water, making it an island. 40% of the climate of Australia is arid. This means that it is a dry climate, not receiving much rainfall (much of this area is covered by sand dunes). The southeast and southwest corners of Australia are both temperate. A temperate climate provides warm summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January and the coldest month is July. This is because in the southern hemisphere, winter is June through August and summer takes place from December through February. I guess they don't have a white and snowy Christmas.
The northern part of Australia has a tropical climate. A tropical climate typically has high temperatures and a decent amount of rainfall. The northern part of Australia even has rainforests. Holy Idaho! This country has some diverse climates. The onboard movie just told us about the "Fremantle Doctor." The city of Perth (located on the western coast of Australia) is known for its strong sea breeze. This invigorating wind has been named the "Fremantle Doctor." This breeze is one of the most consistent winds anywhere in the world. Some of the other "wild" weather of Australia includes cyclones along the coastal cities, forest fires, and even severe droughts.
The movie also taught us a lot of other information about Australia. Australia doesn't have a dominant religion, although over 65% of Australians are Christian, Angelican, or Catholic. Holy Idaho! Australia is rich in natural resources. In Australia, there is natural gas, petroleum, bauxite, coal, diamonds, gold, silver, tin, iron ore, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, uranium, tungsten, and mineral sands. I wonder what all of those resources are used for? Okay, we are getting ready to land in Alice Springs. We will update our blog tomorrow.
Text Message from 1-555-837-4827: YDKM. U2 R wrong. Go 2 - 5 00 S, 140 00 E. Hehehe .
There are so many mysteries to solve in this text. And how do we even know if they are telling the truth or tricking us? I guess this is our only lead, so we better follow the clues.
First, the message came from a 555-number. So we can't really trace the location. But Uncle GT thinks that 837-4827 stands for something. Take a look at the attached keypad and see if you can make anything out of the telephone number. An 8 could mean T, U, or V and so on. We are going to work on this too.
The other thing we need help with is figuring out where 5 00 S, 140 00 E is located. We know that they are map coordinates, but for where? Can you look at the map and help us figure out where to go next? Do the map coordinates represent Tonga, Papua New Guinea, or Palau? Remember that the 5 00 S represents the line of latitude and the 140 00 E represents the line of longitude. If you need to review longitude and latitude, go back to our blog here .
Use this telephone keypad to investigate the Caller ID telephone number. Does 837-4827 stand for (or spell) anything?
Map of Oceania
This map provides a clear view of the lines of latitude and longitude in Oceania. Use this map to determine where we should travel to next. We are trying to find the map coordinates of 5 00 S, 140 00 E.
Tell Geo and Meri what to do: