Sheep dot a pasture in Tasmania, Australia

The country of Australia with about 20 million people, has over 120 million sheep and is the world's leading producer of wool. Over 4 million of these sheep are on the small island of Tasmania, with a human population of just over 450,000. The wool grown in Tasmania is of a very high quality. The Merino is the most common breed in Australia. It has been specifically bred so that its skin is much larger than it's body, with many folds, thus producing more wool. Each animal produces an average of 4.2 kg (9.25 lbs) of wool a year. Picture by Michael P. Peterson..

 

Travel Study in Geography

 

Michael P. Peterson

Department of Geography / Geology

University of Nebraska at Omaha