Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island
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Macquarie Island is the only place on earth where rocks from the earth's mantle (6 km below the ocean floor) are being actively exposed above sea-level. This makes it an important focus of geological study.

The island lies in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean, about half-way between Australia and Antarctica. Fauna found on the island include: Subantarctic Fur Seals, Antarctic Fur Seals, New Zealand Fur Seals and Southern Elephant Seals - over 80,000 individuals of this species. Royal Penguins breed only on this island; King Penguins, Southern Rockhopper Penguins and Gentoo penguins also breed here.

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Full Name
Macquarie Island
Unesco ID
629
Country
Australia
Inscribed
1997
Type
Natural
Criteria
7 8
Categories
Natural landscape - Volcanic and thermal
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Site History

1997 Inscribed

1992 Rejected

Interesting geologically but not of Universal Significance. Possibility of a wider nomination possibly with NZ islands?

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