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Austraila is the worlds sixth largest country and its largest island. It is the only island that is also a continent, and the only continent that is also a country.
It is the home of the largest living thing on earth, the Great Barrier Reef, and the most striking monolith, Ayers Rock. For 60 milion years, since the formation of the Great Dividing Range, Australia has been silent geologically, which has allowed it to preserve many of the oldest thighs ever found on earth the most ancient rocks and fossils, the earliest animal tracks and riverbeds, the first faint signs of life itself.
Of the worlds ten most poisonous snakes, all are Australian. Five of its creatures the funnel web spider,box, jellyfish,blue ringed octopus,paralysis tick and stonefish- are the most lethal of their type in the world. This is a country where even the fluffiest caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimesgo for you.
There is no place in the world like it. 80% of all that lives in Australia,plant and animal, exists nowhere else. More than this, it exists in an abudance that seems incompatible with the harshness of the environment. Australia is the driest, flattest,hittest, most desiccated,infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents.(only Antactica is more hostile to life). This is a place so inert that even the soil is, technically speaking, a fossil.

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