Top 10 features of 2011

By AG Staff 5 December 2011
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Natural disasters and Australian icons dominated your favourite features of 2011.

1. Earthquakes: the 10 biggest in history

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Here are the 10 biggest earthquakes detected since records began.

2. Why chillies are hot: the science behind the heat

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Aussies have made the world’s hottest chilli, but what makes chilli hot, and what’s the best cure for the burn?

3. The 10 most destructive tsunamis in history

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Here are the ten biggest tsunamis in recorded history, ranked by the devastation they wrought.

4. Australia’s worst cyclones: timeline

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With Cyclone Yasi pounding at the door, we look back at some of the worst cyclones to lash Australia since 1899.

5. Shark attacks in Australia: a timeline

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There have been 873 shark attacks in Australia since records began in 1791, 211 of which have been fatal.

6. Japanese tsunami: amazing video footage

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No other tsunami in history has been captured in such detail and in such quality.

7. Top 10 Aussie songs

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Australians love their icons. These are the tunes we associate most with our country.

8. Top 10 Aboriginal bush medicines

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From witchetty grubs to kangaroo apples, these native medicines are used to cure ills the traditional way.

9. The biggest cyclones in recorded history

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Hang on to your hats! Here’s our rundown of some truly monumental cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons.

10. Australian Geographic’s 100 Aussie icons

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From the sacred and the profound to the almost unbelievable, here are our top 100 Aussie icons.