This is part 6 of 9 – Mountain Ranges of the World! Today: the Great Dividing Range of Australia!
This is going to be a new experience in understanding how this mountain range got it’s name. But by looking at the map, I am trying to figure out WHAT is this mountain range dividing? We will get you a wonderful gallery of photos with information about what this mountain range offers.
The Great Dividing Range begins in the north, on Cape York Peninsula at the northern tip of Queensland. The range ends in southwest Victoria in the Grampians mountain range. Many rivers start in the Great Dividing Range. The Snowy River flows down the eastern slope.
The difference in height between the narrow coastal area and the eastern mountains has affected Australia’s climate. This caused by the mountains causing lots of rain as clouds move over them. There are many gorges where the rise is steepest.
The higher and more rugged parts of the “range” are not always part of the crest of the range. The term “Great Dividing Range” is used for both the watershed crest, and all of the hills and mountains between the east coast of Australia and the central plains and lowlands. At some places the Great Dividing Range can be up to 400 km (249 mi) wide. Most of the ranges and other features have their own names.
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