The largest sand island in the world
• The largest sand island in the world
Along the eastern coast of Queensland (Australia) is the largest sand island in the world. It is called Fraser. The object has an elongated shape along the coast, length - about 120 km long - from 7 to 23 km. Area - 1840 km².
The dunes that make up the island, formed about 400 thousand. Years ago and have a height of 240 m. There are more than 40 fresh "hanging" lakes. West Coast Fraser took mangroves and marshes, the east (converted to the ocean) - a beach of white sand about 100 km long.
Most of the island, which remained untouched tropical rain forest (an area of about 1645 square kilometers), is part of the National Park Great Sandy. In a well-heated lakes freshwater turtles are found on the land found a wild dog Dingo.
Prior to European colonization lived on the island a few thousand natives. In the language of batchulla Kgari it was called - "Paradise". The modern name of the island is connected with the name of Captain Fraser, whose ship was wrecked on the island.
In 1992, Fraser Island was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique natural monument.