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Australia, Heard and McDonald Islands

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Location Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australia
Coordinates S53 6 0 E73 30 0
Property 658,903 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/577 )

Heard Island and McDonald Islands are located in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,700 km from the Antarctic continent and 4,100 km south-west of Perth. As the only volcanically active subantarctic islands they ‘open a window into the earth’, thus providing the opportunity to observe ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics. The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald – one of the world’s rare pristine island ecosystems – lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact.

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