PLANTS AND PLACES IN TASMANIA
Henry A. Van Der Staay
Tasmania is the smallest state in the Australian Commonwealth with land area half the size of Alabama. It is an island state situated 43° south, which gives a very mild and even climate. In Hobart the temperature in winter occasionally drops to 32°F at night and averages 55°F during the day. In summer we have a few days over 100°F, but temperature averages 73°F. The main disadvantage is the high cost of transport to and from the mainland.
Tasmania landscape is very mountainous with some spectacular scenery. The west coast with its mountain ranges receives up to 180 inches of rain yearly, while in the eastern part the rainfall is down to about 20 inches.
In the 1800's Tasmania was an English penal colony. It is now a busy commercial state. Hobart, the capital, is famous for its yachting Copper is mined around Queenstown, and the sulfuric acid associated with the mining activity has killed much of the vegetation in the vicinity of the mines.
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