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The West

Kirkpatrick, JB ORCID: 0000-0003-2763-2692 2007 , 'The West', in Endangered: Tasmania's wild places , Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria, p. 1.

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There are no other places in the world like western Tasmania. Arcs of mountains, peaks shattered by freeze and thaw, and slopes smoothed and excavated by glaciers are separated by broad, flat valleys. Seaward of the most coastal arc, extensive terraces -some depositional, some cut by the sea -mark stable times in five million years of uplift caused by compression resulting from the collision of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates. The waves generated by some of the cleanest and most ferocious winds in the world have cut and melded a coast of spectacular dunes such as those in the Tarkine, and cliffs such as those on the Heemskirk coast.

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Authors/Creators:Kirkpatrick, JB
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)
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