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December 05, 2010

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I believe the largest is Fraser Island, couple hundred km's north of Stradbroke. Luckily it has a state park.

Correct! Sorry about the lack of a prize, but welcome to the Geoblogosphere!

I would dearly love to see a Strine version of Whiskey Galore as Whisky and Dynamite, the added term lending itself to the local vowels.

I recently emailed Michael with a cheerful comparison of the volume of sand in the Dubai "World" project to that which we've mined on N Stradbroke Island over the last few decades, NSI coming out on top as the 8th wonder of the world! I was delighted to get a reply from Michael eventually when he extracated himself out of the deserts of WA. The legend of the explosion at Jumpinpin causing the ocean to break through I always considered a bit of a stretch, knowing as an old miner that the sand would absorb most of the explosion, or at least most of it would be lost upwards, but Michael makes a good point, that the vegetation would have been destroyed, probably beach spinifex or casaurinas, and that was enough to let the next storm charge through. The sand islands here are very mobile, Bird Island in Moreton Bay commented on by Matthew Flinders has disappeared completely in the last decade. By the way I wish all textbooks were as readable as "Sand" when I was a student, no end of interesting stuff.

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