Australia is the smallest continent, between the Indian and Pacific oceans.With the island state of Tasmania to the south, the continent makes up the Commonwealth of Australia, a federal parliamentary state. Australia's capital is Canberra. Australia's external territories include Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Mining in Australia is a significant primary industry and contributor to the economy of Australia and encouraged immigration to Australia. Many different ores and minerals are mined throughout the country. Large quantities of minerals and resources are extracted from Australia's landscape. These include iron ore, nickel, bauxite/aluminium, copper, gold, silver, uranium, diamond, opal, zinc, coal, oil shale, petroleum, and natural gas.
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