Australasian Antarctic Expedition

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This awesome card comes from Sharon. πŸ™‚

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) was an Australasian scientific team that explored part of Antarctica between 1911 and 1914. It was led by the Australian geologist Douglas Mawson, who was knighted for his achievements in leading the expedition. In 1910 he began to plan an expedition to chart the 2000-mile long coastline of Antarctica to the south of Australia. The Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science approved of his plans and contributed substantial funds for the expedition. The remaining funds were raised by public subscription and additional donations.

Accomplishments were made in geology, glaciology and terrestrial biology, unlike both of Ernest Shackleton’s following expeditions which produced very little science. In a celebration of the achievements of Mawson and his men, a centenary scientific voyage, retracing the route of the original expedition, departed from Australasia in late 2013 and became stuck on 24 December 2013.

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Black swan

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Okay, I have to admit I had no idea such a thing even exists. This beauty came from JelenaΒ and while in general I’m not a fan of the postcards with animals, I have to say that I absolutely love this one. Thank you, Jelena! πŸ™‚

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird, a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The species was hunted to extinction in New Zealand, but later reintroduced. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions.

The Black Swan’s role in Australian heraldry and culture extends to the first founding of the colonies in the eighteenth century. The Black Swan is featured on the flag, and is both the state and bird emblem, of Western Australia; it also appears in the Coat of Arms and other iconography of the state’s institutions.

Map of Koala-land

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Gorgeous map card from my sweet Tiffany. πŸ˜€

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.Β A highly developed country and one of the wealthiest, Australia is the world’s 12th-largest economy and has the world’s fifth-highest per capita income.

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