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Fraser Island was listed as a World Heritage site in the early 1990s and joins the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Kakadu national park among Australia's pristine, environmentally protected areas. It is one of fewer than 400 such areas in the world. The island is 120 kilometres long and about 15 kilometres wide. Aside from some rocky outcrops, it is formed wholly of sand through the action of wind and waves through thousands of years. Vegetation and rainforest trees hold together the island's 159,000 hectares but, where only bare sand exists, the land is in constant flux.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|