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By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
1 Lying in the Southern Hemisphere, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is the smallest continent and one of the largest countries in the world. It is also the lowest, the flattest and, apart from Antarctica, the driest continent.
2 The most striking characteristic of Australia is its global isolation, which explains much of the strangeness of Australian unique fauna and flora. Some Australian animals and plants exist on that continent and no place else. Among them are the kangaroo, emu, wombat, koala, hundreds of kinds of eucalyptus trees and the only egg-laying mammals on earth, the platypus and echidna.
3 You probably know, that kangaroos carry their newborn babies in a special pouch-a flap of skin covering the nipples. But not only kangaroos do that. Some other animals carry their young in a pouch, too. These animals are called marsupials, and the largest, and most varied assortment of marsupials is found in Australia alone: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, the koala, and many others.
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