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Costin, AB (1972) Characteristics and use of Australian high country. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, The La. ISSN 0080-4703

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In Tasmania, with its high proportion of rugged terrain, it is easy to forget that high mountain environments are poorly represented in Australia. If we define such environments generally as the sub-alpine and alpine areas (i.e. areas above climatic treeline and extending for 1000 to 1500 ft below it) we account for some 2500 sq m. (6480 sq km) of Tasmania and about 2000 sq m. (5180 sq km) of mainland Australia (Fig. 1). The Central Plateau, and the Snowy Mountains in N.S.W., are the two most extensive areas. The Tasmanian high country represents about 10% of the State but the mainland areas in New South Wales (including the A.C.T.) and Victoria comprise only about 0.07% of the mainland. The Tasmanian and mainland areas together comprise approximately 0.15% of Australia. Clearly, Tasmania has a custodian responsibility for Australia as a whole, as well as a large personal stake in its high country.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information: Edited by M.R. Banks.- Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 05:01
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:39
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