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16/11/2008

Kakadu National Park, Australia


This is a photo taken in Kakadu National Park, located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia, extending nearly 200 kilometres from north to south and over 100 kilometres from east to west.
Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40 000 years. Kakadu National Park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. There are more than 5000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. The archaeological sites demonstrate Aboriginal occupation for at least 20 000 and possibly up to 40 000 years. The cultural and natural values of Kakadu National Park were recognised internationally when the Park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kakadu is ecologically and biologically diverse. The main natural features protected within the Park include four major river systems, six major landforms (estuaries and tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands, the stone country, the outliers and the southern hills and basins), a remarkable variety and concentration of wildlife (over 280 bird species, over 60 mammal species, over 50 freshwater species, over 10 000 insects species, over 1600 plant species).

1 comment:

Evan J said...

You really captured the size of the area well. It looks like a fun place to explore.