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Australian Geographic November - December 2017

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

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The content doesn’t end with this issue of the journal. You’ll find thousands more articles, images and videos online. Discover the stories highlighted here at: australiangeographic.com.au/issue141 Urban birdwatching guide to Brisbane The stunning scaly-breasted lorikeet is on our list of 20 birds you can expect to encounter in and around Brissie. The golden tortoise beetle wears its tiny spacesuit well It might look ready to explore the galaxy in its perfect little helmet and protective suit, but this amazing insect hasn’t always been so pretty. Top 10 places to fossick for gemstones Want to dig for your destiny? You’ll find that some of Australia’s best fossicking sites are in our smallest towns and most remote areas. PHOTO CREDITS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: GRAHAM WINTERFLOOD; ANTARCTIC HERITAGE TRUST; PARENT GERY; BERNARD DUPONT SCIENTIFIC NAMES, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:…

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In August, a century-old fruitcake le behind by Captain Robert Falcon Scott was discovered in relatively good condition in Antarctica’s oldest building at Cape Adare. Here’s what you had to say: GAIL MACKLIN Someone will probably find my scones in 100 years time! I don’t have much success with them; they could be used as paving stones. LAURETTA NAGEL There are at least two ways to look at it: 1. You’ll notice Scott still didn’t eat it, and 2. Man, he dragged it a long way away to get rid of it! ELIZABETH ROBARDS-SUTTON Fruitcakes taste better when they are at least a year old. Don’t know about one that age. I o. en let mine mature for at least six months, more if possible. LISA MAURER I am a rarity in that I actually do like fruitcake.…

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time to act

THE OCEANS ARE a hot topic right now. And that’s not just because the Aussie summer holidays are around the corner. Some experts are predicting an environmental catastrophe the likes of which we have never seen before as climate change increases ocean acidification and temperatures, plastic infiltrates every link in food chains under and above the water, and unscrupulous fishing practices drive marine species to the brink of extinction. It’s a grim picture that’s hard to reconcile with the stunning coastal vistas we take for granted as we head to the coast during the next few months. In this year’s Australian Geographic Society awards, we recognise the contributions of a number of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things to highlight the plight of our oceans. They range from scientists dedicated to furthering…

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OUR STORY Ghosts of the Nullarbor(page 84) offers a unique perspective on one of Australia’s most recognisable landscapes. Having privileged access to the expertise of palaeontologist Professor Gavin Prideaux and his groundbreaking Flinders University team, science writer Susan Doubleand specialist natural history illustratorBarry Croucher explore a time when the Nullarbor Plain teemed with life. Susan Double works in vertebrate palaeontology at Flinders University, Adelaide, but when not doingscience writes about it. She has a passion for popular science and creative prose with a natural history theme, believing that together these can bridge the knowledge gap between scientists and the general community. In 2016 she placed runner-up in the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Susan’s work has been published in Australia and internationally. Barry Croucher was born in England but soon…

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your say

November.December 2017 HIDDEN GEM We appreciate and respect the Australian Geographic Society, the research you sponsor and the magazine you produce. Every edition contains so much interesting information about our wonderful country. On page 31 of AG 140 there is a small reference to the reef shark nursery at Coral Bay in WA. The coastline from here all the way up to Exmouth has amazing places to visit and experience. The whole region is excellent for snorkelling. One of the best locations is Turquoise Bay. You walk a few hundred metres south of the car park, wade out 20–30m into chest-deep water and float with the gentle current over a wonderful reef with amazing coral and wildlife, including turtles. No excessive energy is required and it’s safe for all ages. The whole…

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featured letter

ON A MISSION Your article Into The Wet (AG 138) paints an enthralling picture of the Wet Tropics of far north Queensland (FNQ). I am familiar with most of the locations and activities it describes, having lived in that area for 22 years. I was fortunate to live and work near the sugarcane/banana town of Tully and beautiful Mission Beach. While I enjoyed Jeremy Bourke’s text and Don Fuchs’ images, I was sad no mention was made of Mission Beach other than on the map and in a description of nearby Djiru National Park. In my opinion, the Mission Beach area comprises some of the most picturesque FNQ experiences – and I saw much of the region during my years there! It is classic Wet Tropics, with rainforests, cassowaries, Ulysses and Cairns…