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Australian Bushfires (Grade 9)

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Australian Bushfires

From September 2019 until March 2020, Australia experienced some of the worst wildfires in the country's history.
  1. True
  2. False
Which of these is NOT believed to be a cause of the fires?
  1. record-breaking high temperatures
  2. human actions
  3. months of severe drought
  4. unchecked growth of Australian forests
In square miles, how much of Australia has burned in the last year?
  1. about 500
  2. more than 42,000
  3. almost 300 million
  4. approximately 20 billion
How many lives have been taken by the Australian wildfires this year?
  1. none
  2. about 33
  3. nearly 3,000
  4. more than 3 million
An estimated 25,000 koalas were killed when flames devastated                          Island in the state of South Australia.
The hardest-hit state, New South                 , has seen 2,000 houses destroyed by fire.
What role does wind play in the spread of bushfires?

What role does climate change play in the wildfires?

Bushfires can travel fast, faster than most people can run. Which TWO of these would the average person be able to outrun?
  1. an advancing forest fire
  2. an advancing grass fire
  3. a house set alight by a fire
  4. a crown fire
The Australian bushfires were so widespread smoke from the earth's surface could be seen from                  space.
What is a cumulonimbus flammagenitus cloud (also known as a pyrocumulonimbus cloud)?

Human causes of wildfires are not limited to arson. Name three ways human activity can cause wildfies.

What weather phenomenon affected more than a third of the nation's population this week?

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