Top > World Heritage > Oceania > Australia

Macquarie Island

Area
Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America, Oceania
Category
Cultural Sites, Natural Sites, Mixed Sites, Danger Sites
Index
Country, All Lists
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Media
News, Related Books
Loading...

Macquarie Island

CountryAustralia
Date of Inscription1997
CategoryNatural Sites
UNESCOhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/629

Macquarie Island (34 km long x 5 km wide) is an oceanic island in the Southern Ocean, lying 1,500 km south-east of Tasmania and approximately halfway between Australia and the Antarctic continent. The island is the exposed crest of the undersea Macquarie Ridge, raised to its present position where the Indo-Australian tectonic plate meets the Pacific plate. It is a site of major geoconservation significance, being the only place on earth where rocks from the earth’s mantle (6 km below the ocean floor) are being actively exposed above sea-level. These unique exposures include excellent examples of pillow basalts and other extrusive rocks.

© 2011 UNESCO/World Heritage Centre.

World Heritage Sites in Australia

Flag of Australia Australia
Capital: Canberra
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language: English
Time Zone: UTC+8 to UTC+10

| Home | Top | Japanese |

Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Contact Us