The Wilderness and Ecology of Tasmania: Background information when reading The World Beneath

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The World Beneath

by Cate Kennedy

The World Beneath
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The Wilderness and Ecology of Tasmania

The Australian state of Tasmania is made up of Tasmania Island (the 26th largest island in the world and home to Tasmania's capital city, Hobart) and surrounding islands including Cape Barren Island and King Island. Tasmania Map Located just south of Australia, Tasmania Island is separated from the mainland by the Bass Straight which is 149 miles (240 km) wide at its narrowest point.

For thousands of years Tasmania was a vast wilderness inhabited only by aborigines. Due to its separation from the mainland and the late settlement of European colonists approximately 200 years ago, Tasmania is home to a unique ecosystem featuring ancient forests and species of wildlife that live nowhere else on the planet.

The Tasmanian Wolf, also known as the Thylacine or the Tasmanian Tiger, has been extinct since the last one died in captivity in 1936. There have been many alleged sightings of this large marsupial though none have been officially confirmed. Tasmanian Tiger But the Tasmanian Devil, made ...

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