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Greater Blue Mountains Area
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 2000
Location: Australia, New South Wales
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Description: Within its 1.03 million ha, the Area of the Greater Blue Mountains is composed of sandstone plateaux, escarpments and gorges of the temperate eucalypt forest. Made up of eight protected areas, the site represents the eucalypts' evolutionary adaptation as well as its diversification in post-Gondwana isolation. The Greater Blue Mountains Area sees ninety-one eucalypt taxa, adding to its already exceptional expression of the structural and ecological eucalypt diversity stemming from its wide range of habitats. Ten percent of the vascular flora in Australia is represented in this site as well as a large number of rare or endangered species (among them endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have continued to grow in highly-restricted microsites). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Greater Blue Mountains Area is a World Heritage Site in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 24th Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Cairns from 27 November to 2 December 2000. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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