Saturday, 16 October 2010

Kakadu National Park, Australia

Mmmmm, I've got a big cup of peppermint tea to warm me up (as well as the always trusty heater :p). Hopefully my fingers will start feeling a little less stiff in a moment. :p It's so quiet at home at the moment, perfect time to update this blog. :) I wanted to post the following postcard here as I don't have too many postcards of Australia's Northern Territory, apart from Ayers Rock, and this shows something else!

Kakadu National Park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia. It covers an area of 1,980,400 ha extending nearly 200 kilometres from north to south and over 100 kilometres from east to west. It is the size of Slovenia, about one-third the size of Tasmania, or nearly half the size of Switzerland. The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive Uranium mines in the world, is contained within the park. It is also a Unesco World Heritage site.

This unique archaeological and ethnological reserve has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years. The cave paintings, rock carvings and archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of the region’s inhabitants, from the hunter-gatherers of prehistoric times to the Aboriginal people still living there. It is a unique example of a complex of ecosystems, including tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands and plateaux, and provides a habitat for a wide range of rare or endemic species of plants and animals.

The card came in an envelope with a few other postcards. The stamp is from a set of 5 stamps issued earlier this year, commemorating the Centenary of Powered Flight. This one here is John Duigan.

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