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Gordon and Franklin Rivers and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Water History and Culture

  1. Arthur M. Holst

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.wh8

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How to Cite

Holst, A. M. 2005. Gordon and Franklin Rivers and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Water Encyclopedia. 4:788–789.

Author Information

  1. Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005

Abstract

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is one of the largest temperate wildernesses in the world. Covering more than 8500 square miles, or more than 20% of the island of Tasmania, it contains three state reserves, four national parks, four conservation areas, two protected archaeological sites, and three forest reserves. Mountain ranges, rivers, Australia's deepest caves, waterfalls, and many endangered species are also present, as well as three lakes: Lake Gordon, Lake Peddler, and Lake St. Clair. The TWWHA was adjudged worthy of environmental protection in 1982 by the World Heritage Committee.

Keywords:

  • Tasmania;
  • Lake Peddler;
  • Lake St. Clair;
  • World Heritage Area;
  • wilderness area;
  • Derwent River source;
  • bushwalking;
  • Franklin–Gordon Rivers Wild Park;
  • UNESCO;
  • Tasmanian devil