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Moving On
We can all be forgiven for our collective unbridled glee in waving goodbye to this past year as we enter 2021, arguably the first year of the new decade according to many. It’s completely understandable if your farewell gesture is even less polite! N
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Wild Australia Diary Entries
Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, the nature haven of Phillip Island delivers the goods – koalas, penguins, fur seals and more. At least 4000 of the 32,000 little penguins here have burrows near Summerland Beach. From boardwalks at Phillip Island Natur
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A Venomous Nature
IN NATURE, VENOM either subdues prey or defends against attack. It’s found in a huge variety of wildlife, from spiders and scorpions, to jellyfish and frogs, and even a primate – the slow loris. At least 15 per cent of animal species are thought to b
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Far North Queensland Wildlife & Conservation Safari
Far north Queensland is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise! This small group tour explores rainforest habitat, concentrating on the endemic wildlife found within. We have a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this
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Portrait Of A City Reborn
For our catch-up with the city of Christchurch 10 years on from the devastating 2011 earthquake (p78), we sent writer Geoff Chapple (above, at right, with Mike Langford) who penned our Whakaari/White Island volcano feature in AG 158. “The assignment
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Australia Day Awards
THE YEAR 2020 was like no other in living memory. The Black Summer bushfires were followed by the global pandemic. Tragic events in the USA ignited the Black Lives Matter movement, which rapidly gained traction in Australia where injustices suffered
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Venoms And Antivenoms In Australia
CHARLES MARTIN AT THE University of Sydney began the first systematic study of Australian snake venom chemistry in 1891, using the red-bellied black snake and the tiger snake. He discovered two active proteins: one triggered clotting in blood vessels
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Lightning Ridge Fossil Digs
The Australian Geographic Society offers you a chance to hunt for rare opalised fossils. Guided by experts, you’ll discover new specimens for the Australian Opal Centre’s world-leading museum collection. Enrich your knowledge of opals and gems, opali
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MANAGING DIRECTOR Jo Runciman EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chrissie Goldrick CREATIVE DIRECTOR Mike Ellott SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT EDITOR Karen McGhee SUB-EDITORS Maggie Cooper, Elizabeth Ginis DIRECTOR OF CARTOGRAPHY Will Pringle PROOFREADER Susan McCreery ART D
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A Bird With Two Genders
GENDER CAN be very fluid. Strangely, a bird can have two genders, and a human can sometimes be two people. Imagine being the mother of three adult children who discovers she’s not related to two of them, even though she became pregnant using her own
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When A City Rises
THAT FEBRUARY 2011 earthquake, which struck during the city’s lunch hour, was the most destructive in a series. It was the one that broke so many of the Central Business District’s verticals and horizontals – its buildings and the roads, sewers, wate
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Aussie Ark experience
Join Tim Faulkner for a unique hands-on experience with this breeding program for the Tasmanian devil and eastern quoll in the beautiful Barrington Tops of NSW. You’ll see devils up close as you help with feeding and monitoring individuals. There’ll
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Your Say
Isolating in Canberra from my usual home in Melbourne, I have had the benefit of reading my father’s copies of AUSTRALIANGEOGRAPHIC. AG 159 was again full of fascinating articles, intriguing facts and beautiful pictures. The echidna story noted that
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Oz Words
VERSING AUSTRALIAN SPORTING journalism appears to have birthed the word “versing”. It turns up on programs where blokes named Jacko and Cruncher preview weekend sport. They seem to have trouble referring to the Sharks versus the Bears because “versus
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Trams And Trauma
PETER SALVESEN was driving his tram on 15 March 2019 when sirens began to wail and police cars darted through the streets. Something was wrong. Radio messages came through calling him to return to base. An Australian white supremacist gunman had open
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Georgetown, QLD
GEORGETOWN IS A pleasant, sleepy little place on the Etheridge River, in far north Queensland. It’s famed for gemstones and surrounded by rich beef-cattle country, the district being known for Brahman and Droughtmaster cattle. One of Australia’s most
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Big Picture
THIS STUNNING IMAGE was taken by Gary Meredith in a remote part of Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. There, rainbow bee-eaters roost together at night and each morning sit in the warmth of the rising sun. In winter they huddle to stay warm. The
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Looking Up
The world’s most recognised constellation is the Northern Hemisphere evening sky’s Orion the Hunter. From Down Under we see it upside down, with Orion’s three belt stars making the base of the Saucepan. His sword hanging off the belt extends to the u
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Grantham’s Road To Recovery
IT WAS 10 JANUARY 2011 and once again it was pouring with rain. Queensland had already endured its wettest spring and December on record, and yet still the rain kept coming. I was working at the time as a freelance photographer for Queensland’s main
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The Mermaid Tree
THE TREE, A BOAB, is back slightly from the beach, overlooking a scene that hasn’t changed in hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Below the high-tide mark where bristly grass gives way to coarse sand, the beach slopes down to open water and on th
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The Hermit Of Griffith
ONE RAIN-LASHED January night in 1929, a lonely and defeated Italian immigrant by the name of Valerio Ricetti arrived on the outskirts of Griffith, New South Wales, and sought shelter in a rock overhang. Another depression-era drifter seeking work, h
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Water Sign From The Moon
BEFORE TELESCOPES, sky watchers thought dark markings on the Moon were seas and named them maris – Latin for ‘of the sea’. The telescope revealed them to be vast plains, which are actually ancient lava flows that filled giant impact basins caused by
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Homes On The Rangelands
I’M SITTING IN stunned silence in a minibus with pastoralist David Pollock. We’re 650km north-east of Perth, in Western Australia’s Southern Rangelands. Before us stretch vast unvegetated swathes of red dirt, but, as I’m discovering, it didn’t always
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The Iceman Cometh
ON A SWELTERING January day in 1839, 250 tons of ice in huge blocks cut from frozen lakes near Boston, USA, arrived in Sydney on the ship Tartar. Overseas, harvested ice was stored in icehouses, underground buildings with thick brick walls. In Sydney
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Your Society
BUNDJALUNG woman Amelia Telford, the Society’s 2015 Young Conservationist of the Year, has taken the helm of Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led environmental organisation, Seed Mob. Its members are aged between 15 and 35 and hail from across the
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Timeline Of WA Pastoral Leases
1829 Swan River colony established. 1837–39 Captain George Grey explores parts of the Kimberley coast, then areas between the Swan River and Shark Bay for colonisation and grazing potential, reporting great pastoral capacity in many areas. 1841 WA’s
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When Earth’s Magnetic Poles Change Places
SINCE ITS DISCOVERY IN 1831, magnetic north has been quietly drifting across Arctic Canada. For 150 years, it wandered between 0km and 15km a year. But in the 1990s magnetic north took off. Within 30 years, the North Magnetic Pole had fled Canada and
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Our New conservation superpower
There were expectations it would reveal much about the evolution of this continent’s largely unique mammal fauna, and it has. But to most scientists working in Australian wildlife conservation, it didn’t seem to have a lot of practical relevance. “Si
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Cycling Through Railway History
It passes oblivious livestock, scattered old farm buildings and relics of forgotten railway stations. It fords creeks, ducks beneath bridges and occasionally stops altogether to yield to road traffic in a revealing twist of the old pecking order. In
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Colonisation Begins
CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILLIP RN was commander of the First Fleet of 11 ships that sailed into Botany Bay, New South Wales, in January 1788. Work on the site he chose for a convict settlement at nearby Sydney Cove, in Port Jackson, began shortly after, on 2
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