Australian Coast

Publication: PRI's "The World"


08/28/2009 - Most of Australia’s population lives along the country’s southeastern coast. To the west, there’s the vast and dry Australian outback.

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It’s a strip of coastline bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west and the Timor Sea to the north. The region is home to coastal red rock canyons, tropical mangrove stands, even patches of rainforest. It’s also home to rare and endangered plants and animals, both on land and in the water.

It is the  Kimberly Coast, where this week an undersea oil pipeline ruptured and is spewing crude oil and natural gas into the sea. Anchor Jeb Sharp finds out more from John Carey, director of the Pew Environment Group’s Kimberley Conservation Project.

To listen to the show Australian Coast visit The World's Web site.

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