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The Northern Rivers bioregion of Australia is the Traditional home to the People known as the Bundjalung. Since the 1970's free spirited people from all over the world have made the Northern Rivers home to create a rich culture of creativity, environmental activism and eco-entrepreneurship. A melting pot of Indigenous people, surfers, artists and cultural creatives have over several generations developed a unique regenerative culture drawing visitors from all over the Planet.
Volcanic events over 23 million years ago have formed an ancient and powerful landscape including the caldera of the Wollumbin shield volcano which has a diameter of over 40kms, making it the biggest erosion caldera in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest calderas on earth.
The region is also home to the Gondwana Rainforests - the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record. Rainforest once covered most of the ancient southern supercontinent Gondwana and remains the most ancient type of vegetation in Australia. Some of the oldest elements of the world's ferns and conifers are found here and there is a concentration of primitive plant families that are direct links with the birth and spread of flowering plants over 100 million years ago.
"A deep map goes beyond simple landscape/history-based topographical records – to include and interweave autobiography, archeology, stories, memories, folklore, traces, reportage, weather, interviews, natural history, science, and intuition. In its best form, the resulting work arrives at a subtle, multi-layered and "deep" map of a small area of the earth." Wikipedia
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