The world’s largest sand Fraser island off the East coast of Australia – the result of centuries of work of the forces of nature.
Off the East coast of Queensland (Australia) is the world’s largest sand island.
He is called Fraser and has extended along the coast shape, the length is about 120 km, width – from 7 to 23 km. Area of 1840 km.
Dunes that make up the island, formed about 400 million years ago and have a height of 240 m. there are more than 40 fresh “hanging” lakes. The West coast of Fraser is the mangrove forests and swamps, the Eastern (facing the ocean) is a white sand beach with a length of about 100 km.
Most of the island, which remained untouched wet tropical forest (an area of about 1645 km), is part of the national Park and the great sandy. In a well-warmed lakes freshwater turtles on land is found wild Dingo.
Before European colonization, the island was home to several thousand aboriginal people. In the language of butchulla Khari it was called “Paradise”. The modern name of the island comes from the name of captain Fraser, whose ship was wrecked on the island. In 1992 Fraser island was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO as a unique natural monument.
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