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The biodiversity of Australia is truly unique and extensive. Over one million species live within the boundaries of this island continent. This represents 7% of the world species diversity and most are found nowhere else on our planet. This megadiversity is the result of Australia's evolutionary isolation and its diversity of environments. Dingo
Most of the earth's major biomes are represented here. They range from tropical rainforests to deserts and include the earth's largest coral reef biome, the Great Barrier Reef.
We will visit three of Australia's unique biomes. At Lizard Island we will explore a coral reef ecosystem. Here we will snorkel and see many species of colorful reef fish, starfish, sea urchins, sea anemones, sponges etc. The damaging effects of pollution on the coral reef ecosystem will also be discussed.
At Daintree we will explore a unique rainforest ecosystem. Because of the rarety of the species found here, Daintree has been designated a World Heritage Site. Here we will see many endemic plant species, fruit bats, platypuses, squirrel gliders, pythons, etc.

Finally we will visit Undara in Queensland's 186,000 sq. km Gulf Savannah Region. Here we will see primary savannah grassland, including eucalyptus groves, kangaroos, koalas, termites and more. We will also learn more about the aboriginal culture in this region.
Our visits to these ecosystems will be integrated into an overall understanding of the evolution and biodiversity of Australia's biomes.

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