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New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 1998
Location: Zealandia, New Zealand, New Zealand Subantartic zone
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Description: South-east of New Zealand, in the Southern Ocean, the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands consist of five island groups: the Snares, Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands and Campbell Island. As they lie between the Antarctic and Subtropical Convergences and the seas, the islands hold a high level of productivity, biodiversity, wildlife population densities as well as endemism among birds, plants and invertebrates. Above all, the sites are noteworthy for the quantity and diversity of pelagic seabirds and penguins that nest there. In total there are 126 bird species, among them 40 seabirds (5 of which breed exclusively here). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The five southernmost groups of the New Zealand Outlying Islands form the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic islands. These islands are all World Heritage Sites. Most of the islands are located near the southernmost edge of the largely submerged continent centred on New Zealand called Zealandia. It sank after rifting away from Australia 60-85 million years ago and from Antarctica between 130 and 85 million years ago. It is 3,500,000 km² in area, almost half the size of Australia and is unusually long and narrow. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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