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Australian Antarctic Magazine – Issue 1: Autumn 2001


Australia’s Antarctic Program starts the new millennium seeking to understand the role of Antarctica in the global climate system and to protect Antarctica and all of its special qualities.

Photograph credits

Front cover, clockwise

Andrew Klekociuk, Steve Nicol, Wayne Papps, Doug Thost, Gavin Johnston, Wayne Papps, Diana Calder

Back cover, clockwise

Wayne Papps, Pauline deVox, Kim Pitt, Stephen Brooks, Clive McMahon and Anna McEldowney, Steve Nicol, Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Wayne Papps; Iceberg in background: Diana Calder




Environment and heritage



In brief…

Fifty years ago

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