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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.

Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
R 96,04
R 264,32
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
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…

3 min
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…

4 min
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…

1 min
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’.…

1 min
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.…

4 min
solving an ecological mystery

EACH AUTUMN, the adults of two species of Australian eel – the longfin and southern shortfin eel (Anguilla reinhardtii and A. australis) – prepare for an epic journey to a location thought to be in the Coral Sea between Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia, where they breed and then die. Starting from estuaries, dams and rivers along eastern Australia as well as ponds and wetlands in urban enclaves, such as Centennial Park, in Sydney, and Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, they can travel thousands of kilometres. Navigating their way through drains and stormwater networks can be a game of chance. “When they have the urge to migrate they are determined and pretty resilient,” says ecologist Dr Jarod Lyon from the Victoria-based Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, which has carried out various…