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The Tarkine Wilderness in Tasmania, Australia – November 5th, 2009

40.8S 144.8E

November 5th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Australia - October 6th, 2009

Australia - October 6th, 2009

Tasmania is an Australian island and state. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the eastern side of the continent, from which it is separated by the Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania – the 26th largest island in the world – and the surrounding islands.

Visible here is the Tarkine, a large wilderness area in the far north-west of Tasmania. It is the largest remaining temperate rainforest area in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The exact demarcation of this area has yet to be finalized but is bounded roughly by the Southern Ocean to the West, the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south, and the Murchison Highway to the east. This wilderness covers approximately 3,800 km².

The Tarkine contains pristine rainforest about 1,800 km² and eucalypt forest about 400 km², a number of wild rivers, exposed mountains, magnesite cave systems and extensive coastal heathlands. There are also large sand dune areas extending several kilometres inland.

Lake Corangamite and Great Otway National Park, Australia

April 30th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Much of the dark green area on the tip of the state of Victoria, Australia, is part of the Great Otway National Park, 162 km southwest of Melbourne.

The park runs along the coast in the Otway Ranges, offering good access to beaches and to the Otway forest.  It is notable for its diverse range of landscapes and vegetation types.

North of the national park is Lake Corangamite, Victoria’s largest natural lake, in the Lakes and Craters region of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

The lake is hypersaline, and salinity levels have increased dramatically as the lake level has dropped in recent decades. Despite this drop, it is Australia’s largest permanent saline lake, covering approximately 230 km2 with a circumference of about 150 km.

It is listed on the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance and is very important to the local environment and local bird species.

South of the national park, offshore in the Bass Strait, King Island can be seen. It is one of the islands that make up the state of Tasmania, Australia, and the largest of a group known as New Year Islands.