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Lord Howe Island | Australia

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Australia
31° 32' 13.7184" S, 159° 4' 38.01" E
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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island - Photo: jeffdj

Lord Howe Island (/ˈhaʊ/, local /ˈhæɔː/) (formerly Lord Howe's Island) is an irregularly crescent-shaped volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, 370 mi (592 km) directly east of mainland Port Macquarie, and about 560 mi (896 km) from Norfolk Island. The island is about 10 km long and between 1,25 mi (2 km) and 0,18 mi (0.3 km) wide with an area of 14.55 km2, "of which only 983 acres (398 ha) is in the lowland settled area". Along the west coast there is a sandy semi-enclosed sheltered coral reef lagoon. Most of the population lives in the north, while the south is dominated by forested hills rising to the highest point on the island, Mount Gower 2,870 ft (875 m). The Lord Howe Island Group of islands comprises 28 islands, islets and rocks. Apart from Lord Howe Island itself the most notable of these is the volcanic and uninhabited Ball's Pyramid about 23 km to the south-east. To the north there is the Admiralty Group, a cluster of seven small uninhabited islands.

The Lord Howe Island Group is recorded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site of global natural significance. Most of the island is virtually untouched forest with many of the plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Other natural attractions include the diversity of its landscapes, the variety of upper mantle and oceanic basalts, the world's southernmost barrier coral reef, nesting seabirds, and its rich historical and cultural heritage. The Lord Howe Island Act of 1981 established a "Permanent Park Preserve" (covering approximately 70 per cent of the island). The surrounding waters are a protected region designated the Lord Howe Island Marine Park.

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Lord Howe Island

Mounts Lidgbird & Gower - Photo: TheDoc-AUS

Lord Howe Island

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island - Photo: Sunlover Holidays

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island - Photo: Capella Lodge

SUBMITTED ON 05.27.2013.