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Heard Island and McDonald Islands are uninhabited, barren, sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean , far due south of India and roughly 200 miles southeast of Kerguelen of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands . The islands are administered by Australia and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site .

Heard Island is largely ice-covered, bleak and mountainous and is dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and by an active volcano (Mawson Peak). The McDonald Islands are small, rocky and actively volcanic. The islands are populated by large numbers of seal and bird species, and have been designated a nature reserve. There are 4 types of penguins that are located on Heard Island

The islands are really really remote - they are located 4,099 km (2,547 mi) south west of Perth, in Western Australia, 3,845 km (2,389 mi) south west of Cape Leeuwin, in Western Australia, and 4,200 km (2,600 mi) south east of South Africa, as well as being 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica.

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands [ 1 ] (abbreviated as HIMI [ 2 ] ) are an Australian external territory and volcanic group of barren Antarctic islands, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica. The group's overall size is 372 square kilometres (144 sq mi) in area and it has 101.9 km (63 mi) of coastline. Discovered in the mid-19th century, they have been territories of Australia since 1947 and contain the only two active volcanoes in Australian territory, one of which, Mawson Peak , is higher than any mountain on the Australian mainland. They lie on the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean .

The islands are among the most remote places on Earth: They are located approximately 4,099 km (2,547 mi) southwest of Perth , Western Australia , [ 3 ] 3,845 km (2,389 mi) southwest of Cape Leeuwin , Australia, 4,200 km (2,600 mi) southeast of South Africa , 3,830 km (2,380 mi) southeast of Madagascar , 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica, and 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Kerguelen . [ 4 ] The islands are currently uninhabited.

Mawson Peak is one of only 2 active volcanoes in Australian territory, the other being McDonald Island. It is also one of the highest Australian mountains (higher than Mount Kosciuszko ); surpassed only by peaks in the Antarctic territory . [ 7 ] A long thin sand and gravel spit named " Elephant Spit " extends from the eastern end of the island. There is a small group of islets and rocks about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Heard Island, consisting of Shag Islet, Sail Rock, Morgan Island and Black Rock. They total about 1.1 square kilometres (0.4 sq mi) in area.

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Heard Island and McDonald Islands are uninhabited, barren, sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean , far due south of India and roughly 200 miles southeast of Kerguelen of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands . The islands are administered by Australia and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site .

Heard Island is largely ice-covered, bleak and mountainous and is dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and by an active volcano (Mawson Peak). The McDonald Islands are small, rocky and actively volcanic. The islands are populated by large numbers of seal and bird species, and have been designated a nature reserve. There are 4 types of penguins that are located on Heard Island

The islands are really really remote - they are located 4,099 km (2,547 mi) south west of Perth, in Western Australia, 3,845 km (2,389 mi) south west of Cape Leeuwin, in Western Australia, and 4,200 km (2,600 mi) south east of South Africa, as well as being 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica.

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands [ 1 ] (abbreviated as HIMI [ 2 ] ) are an Australian external territory and volcanic group of barren Antarctic islands, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica. The group's overall size is 372 square kilometres (144 sq mi) in area and it has 101.9 km (63 mi) of coastline. Discovered in the mid-19th century, they have been territories of Australia since 1947 and contain the only two active volcanoes in Australian territory, one of which, Mawson Peak , is higher than any mountain on the Australian mainland. They lie on the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean .

The islands are among the most remote places on Earth: They are located approximately 4,099 km (2,547 mi) southwest of Perth , Western Australia , [ 3 ] 3,845 km (2,389 mi) southwest of Cape Leeuwin , Australia, 4,200 km (2,600 mi) southeast of South Africa , 3,830 km (2,380 mi) southeast of Madagascar , 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica, and 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Kerguelen . [ 4 ] The islands are currently uninhabited.

Mawson Peak is one of only 2 active volcanoes in Australian territory, the other being McDonald Island. It is also one of the highest Australian mountains (higher than Mount Kosciuszko ); surpassed only by peaks in the Antarctic territory . [ 7 ] A long thin sand and gravel spit named " Elephant Spit " extends from the eastern end of the island. There is a small group of islets and rocks about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Heard Island, consisting of Shag Islet, Sail Rock, Morgan Island and Black Rock. They total about 1.1 square kilometres (0.4 sq mi) in area.

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Heard Island and McDonald Islands are uninhabited, barren, sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean , far due south of India and roughly 200 miles southeast of Kerguelen of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands . The islands are administered by Australia and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site .

Heard Island is largely ice-covered, bleak and mountainous and is dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and by an active volcano (Mawson Peak). The McDonald Islands are small, rocky and actively volcanic. The islands are populated by large numbers of seal and bird species, and have been designated a nature reserve. There are 4 types of penguins that are located on Heard Island

The islands are really really remote - they are located 4,099 km (2,547 mi) south west of Perth, in Western Australia, 3,845 km (2,389 mi) south west of Cape Leeuwin, in Western Australia, and 4,200 km (2,600 mi) south east of South Africa, as well as being 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica.

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands [ 1 ] (abbreviated as HIMI [ 2 ] ) are an Australian external territory and volcanic group of barren Antarctic islands, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica. The group's overall size is 372 square kilometres (144 sq mi) in area and it has 101.9 km (63 mi) of coastline. Discovered in the mid-19th century, they have been territories of Australia since 1947 and contain the only two active volcanoes in Australian territory, one of which, Mawson Peak , is higher than any mountain on the Australian mainland. They lie on the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean .

The islands are among the most remote places on Earth: They are located approximately 4,099 km (2,547 mi) southwest of Perth , Western Australia , [ 3 ] 3,845 km (2,389 mi) southwest of Cape Leeuwin , Australia, 4,200 km (2,600 mi) southeast of South Africa , 3,830 km (2,380 mi) southeast of Madagascar , 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica, and 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Kerguelen . [ 4 ] The islands are currently uninhabited.

Mawson Peak is one of only 2 active volcanoes in Australian territory, the other being McDonald Island. It is also one of the highest Australian mountains (higher than Mount Kosciuszko ); surpassed only by peaks in the Antarctic territory . [ 7 ] A long thin sand and gravel spit named " Elephant Spit " extends from the eastern end of the island. There is a small group of islets and rocks about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Heard Island, consisting of Shag Islet, Sail Rock, Morgan Island and Black Rock. They total about 1.1 square kilometres (0.4 sq mi) in area.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands are uninhabited, barren, sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean , far due south of India and roughly 200 miles southeast of Kerguelen of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands . The islands are administered by Australia and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site .

Heard Island is largely ice-covered, bleak and mountainous and is dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and by an active volcano (Mawson Peak). The McDonald Islands are small, rocky and actively volcanic. The islands are populated by large numbers of seal and bird species, and have been designated a nature reserve. There are 4 types of penguins that are located on Heard Island

The islands are really really remote - they are located 4,099 km (2,547 mi) south west of Perth, in Western Australia, 3,845 km (2,389 mi) south west of Cape Leeuwin, in Western Australia, and 4,200 km (2,600 mi) south east of South Africa, as well as being 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica.


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