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chain of mountain ranges, SE Australia, in the state of Victoria and New South Wales, making up the southern part of the Eastern Highlands and forming the watershed between the Murray River system and streams flowing into the Tasman Sea.
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Australian Alps,

chain of mountain ranges, SE Australia, in the state of Victoria and New South Wales, making up the southern part of the Eastern Highlands and forming the watershed between the Murray River system and streams flowing into the Tasman Sea. It is the site of the Snowy Mts. hydroelectric project. Mt. Kosciuszko, 7,310 ft (2,228 m), is the highest peak in the chain and on the Australian continent.

Australian Alps

 

a plateau in the southeastern part of Australia, the highest section of the Great Dividing Range.

The plateau is about 400 km long, up to 150 km wide, and 1,700–2,000 m high—the highest peak is Mount Kosciusko, 2,230 m, which is also the highest mountain of the continent. The plateau is a high-altitude horst massif broken up into individual mountain ranges, including the Gourock, Monaro, Munyang, and Barry. The plateau is composed of Paleozoic quartzites, shales, and limestones, permeated with granite intrusions. There are traces of Quaternary glaciations in some areas. The Murray, the main river of Australia, takes its course in the northwestern slopes of the Australian alps. Dense forests of eucalyptus and arborescent ferns grow up to an altitude of 1,200–1,300 m; above that grow crook-stem forests, underbrush, mountain meadows, and meadow marshes.

L. R. SEREBRIANNYI

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Free-ranging livestock utilised much of the Australian Alps for summer grazing from the mid-19th century until 1957 in New South Wales and until 2005 in Victoria.
To date, bog peat of the Australian Alps has only been described in terms of colour, organic carbon content, moisture content, pH, and depth (Costin 1954).
The differences between Waughman's (1980) bog peats and our results could be caused by differences in inputs from precipitation and groundwater, due to atmospheric pollution in Europe and the more highly weathered regolith of the Australian Alps.
Taking a more critical perspective, it is hard to avoid the fact that the rivers flowing from the Australian Alps have been massively altered by the Scheme.
Again however, the rivers of the Australian Alps and those of the Murray Darling Basin are placed under major environmental stress as a result of the Snowy Scheme.
Geoff Mosley, former ACF director, recalls particularly Goode's campaigns for the Victorian coastline, and for heritage listing of the Australian Alps (still to be achieved).
In 1998 the CSIRO's Climate Impact Group updated Its 1994 report on the effect of climate change on the Australian Alps.
Geoff has been with ACF since 1966, as a member, volunteer, Assistant Director and, from 1973-1986, as Director, during which time he oversaw campaigns such as the Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica, Whales and the Australian Alps.

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