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Queensland (locally /ˈkwnzˌlænd/, KWEENZ-land) is a state situated in northeastern Australia, the second-largest and third-most populous Australian state. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, southwest and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, separating the Australian mainland from Papua New Guinea. With an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi), Queensland is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity; it is larger than all but 15 countries. Due to its size, Queensland's geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefs, mountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climatic regions of its interior.

Queensland has a population of over 5.2 million, concentrated along the coast and particularly in South East Queensland. The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city. Ten of Australia's thirty largest cities are located in Queensland, with the largest outside Brisbane being the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Ipswich, and Toowoomba. The state's population is multicultural, with 28.9% of inhabitants being immigrants. (Full article...)

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Powderfinger performing at the Across the Great Divide Tour with Silverchair during 2007.
The discography of Powderfinger, an Australian rock group, includes released six studio albums, twenty-three singles and four extended plays, two live albums, one "best of" album and three video releases. Shortly after the independent release of their debut self-titled EP in 1993, Powderfinger signed on to a major record label to release their second EP, Transfusion, and in 1994, they released their debut album Parables for Wooden Ears. After performances at music festivals and appearances on several compilation albums, Powderfinger released their second studio album, Double Allergic (1996).

Following public recognition from the album's high-selling singles, Powderfinger went on to release Internationalist in 1998, which sold over 280,000 copies, and reached platinum status five times. In September 2000, Powderfinger released their fourth album, Odyssey Number Five, which has sold over 350,000 copies. Two of the album's songs, "These Days" and "My Kinda Scene" were released on the soundtracks for Two Hands (1999), and Mission: Impossible 2 (2000).

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Mineralogy is a mining company owned by Clive Palmer of Queensland, Australia. Mineralogy signed a deal with the Chinese infrastructure company CITIC Pacific to develop a small portion of a large iron ore deposit in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The agreement involves the development of two magnetite mines and construction of port infrastructure at Cape Preston. Mineralogy was paid $415 million USD for the rights to mine the ore. (Full article...)

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