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Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It is about the same size as the 48 mainland states of USA and 50 percent larger than Europe. However, it has the lowest population density in the world -- only two people per square mile.

Australia boasts over 7,000 beaches -- more than any other nation. It also produces 95 percent of the world's precious opals and 99 percent of black opals. It has 140 million sheep found on approximately 53,000 properties allowing it to produce more than 70 percent of the world's wool. It is also the world's largest exporter of beef having over 24 million head of cattle. 

The kangaroo is unique to Australia and one of their most easily recognized mammals. There are more kangaroos in Australia now than when Australia was first settled. Estimated around 40 million.

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