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Australian Geographic

July/August 2019

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

Land:
Australia
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
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putting the record straight

THOSE OF US old enough to remember the first Moon landing in 1969 undoubtedly maintain a special fascination for the historic event. It was arguably the first truly global moment and what made it so were the pictures of Neil Armstrong climbing off that last rung of the ladder and setting foot on the Moon before uttering those unforgettable words. It was seen at the same time everywhere in the world that had access to television at that time of day. It was a great step forward for all humanity, transcending even the Cold War space race that gave it such impetus – at least to those of us too young to understand such things and still young enough to be transfixed by breathtaking feats of human endeavour. Those first…

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notes from the field

With a legal and political background, writing about how Canberra’s Honeysuckle Creek tracking station brought live TV pictures of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon to a global audience wasn’t easy for Andrew Tink. (Andrew’s a former shadow attorney-general and shadow leader of the NSW Parliament.) “The technical aspects seemed daunting. But I’d come to know a little of Honeysuckle’s story and that of its director, Tom Reid, when I dated his daughter, Marg, during the early 1970s,” Andrew says. “Many years later, after watching The Dish, which placed all the action at the Parkes radio telescope, I became sufficiently fired up to tell what really happened,” says Andrew, explaining the genesis of his book Honeysuckle Creek: The Story of Tom Reid, a Little Dish and Neil Armstrong’s First Step. To…

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australian geographic

MANAGING DIRECTOR Jo Runciman EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chrissie Goldrick CREATIVE DIRECTOR Mike Ellott CONSULTING EDITOR Karen McGhee ASSISTANT EDITOR Jess Teideman SUB-EDITOR Elizabeth Ginis DIRECTOR OF CARTOGRAPHY Will Pringle PROOFREADER Susan McCreery SENIOR DESIGNER Harmony Southern UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE DESIGN INTERNSHIP Sophie Freeman ADDITIONAL CARTOGRAPHIC CHECKING Geoscience Australia MANAGING EDITOR Katrina O’Brien COMMERCIAL MANAGING EDITOR Lauren Smith ASSISTANT COMMERCIAL EDITOR Rebecca Cotton DIGITAL MANAGING EDITOR Elizabeth Ginis DIGITAL WRITER Angela Heathcote AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETYFOUNDER, PATRON Dick Smith AC AG SOCIETY EXPERT ADVISORY PANELChris Bray, Tim Jarvis AM, Anna Rose AG SOCIETY SPONSORSHIP, FUNDRAISING ANDADMINISTRATION MANAGER Nicola ContiEmail: society@ausgeo.com.au ADVERTISINGBRAND AND PARTNERSHIP MANAGER Nicola Timm0424 257 527, ntimm@australiangeographic.com SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SALESSUBSCRIPTIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER Michelle WillisPO BOX 161, Hornsby NSW 1630, Phone: 1300 555 176(in Australia), +61 2 8089 3953 (from overseas)Email: customerservice@australiangeographic.com…

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your say

HIGH PRAISE I thought I should write to you about the 150th Australian Geographic magazine. Wow! What a magnificent publication, I think it’s one of the best issues ever. I read it from cover to cover. I particularly liked the poster, and I found the platypus article fascinating. I also really liked the high-quality map of the forest of Victoria’s Central Highlands. Please pass on my compliments to everyone involved. Nothing replaces hard work, and it’s clear that lots of hard work went in to this issue. DICK SMITH AC TRADITIONAL WISDOM As a member since 1994 I was very pleased to receive my copy of AG 150. I read with interest the article Creating a super-park. I also relate to Dr Karl’s article in AG 146. We appear to have learnt little from the traditional…

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first nations first

This month’s poster was fascinating and I enjoyed reading it. I do believe though that the time has come to stop glorifying some historic moments: European settlers didn’t discover any place in Australia and were unlikely to have been the first people to cross the Blue Mountains or even the continent. Similarly, no European is likely to have discovered a plant or animal that the first nations were not already familiar with. The knowledge of Australia’s traditional owners is undervalued by the importance placed on European explorers. If only they’d asked more questions instead of treating our country like an unknown land needing ‘discovery’.…

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sun sign

Infra-red images, such as this taken across Echo Point Lookout in the Blue Mountains, NSW, are critical for assessing vegetation health. Chlorophyll, the pigment in plant leaves, absorbs visible light but reflects light at near infra-red wavelengths, giving the forest here its snow-like appearance. Healthy plants with high chlorophyll levels remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, which helps curb the warming of our planet. As Australia becomes warmer and drier due to climate change, our vegetation will be increasingly important in helping maintain stable global temperatures.…

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