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Description of the Tarkine
The Tarkine is a large wilderness area in north-west Tasmania, Australia. The area has a
high concentration of Aboriginal sites and has been described by the Australian Heritage
Council as "one of the world's great archaeological regions".
The Tarkine is not formally recognised and in recent decades has featured prominently in
the Australian media as a subject of contention between conservationists, and mining
and logging interests.
The Tarkine a “Biodiversity Hotspot”
The Tarkine has a high diversity of non-vascular plants (mosses, liverworts and lichens)
including at least 151 species of liverworts and 92 species of mosses. Its range of
vertebrate fauna include 28 terrestrial mammals, 111 land and freshwater birds, 11
reptiles, 8 frogs and 13 freshwater fish. The Tarkine provides habitat for over 60 rare,
threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna.
The History of the name Tarkine
The earliest use of the term "Tarkine" was in the 1830's when George Augustus Robinson
wrote in his diaries of entering the Tarkine in search of the Tarkineer Aboriginal band. The
modern use of the term was popularised by conservationists in the 1980s. The word is a
diminutive of the name "Tarkineer", which is the Anglicised pronunciation of one of the
Aboriginal tribes who inhabited the Western Tasmanian coastline from the Arthur River to
the Pieman River before European colonisation.
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