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South of Bass Strait – a quick quiz

By , 14 January 2021

Today’s quiz focuses on Australia’s southernmost state, Tasmania. Do you know enough about the Apple Isle to ace this quiz?

#1. CSIRO has two major scientific collections in Hobart. One is the Australian National Fish Collection, but what is the other one?

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection is in Hobart. The other collections are in Canberra.

#2. There’s a famous research station at Kennaook/Cape Grim, the north-western tip of Tasmania. What is studied there?

The Kennaook/Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station has been measuring the atmosphere since 1976.

#3. Which Tasmanian animal is under threat from an infectious cancer?

Since 1996, devil facial tumour disease may have killed up to 80% of Tasmanian devils.

#4. How tall are the tallest trees in Tasmania?

The tallest trees in Tasmania are swamp gums, and they can grow more than 100 metres. That makes them some of the tallest trees in the world!

#5. If you’re on the west coast of Tasmania, you might get hit by the ‘Roaring Forties’, but what are they?

The Roaring Forties are fast winds that circle the globe, around 40 degrees south of the equator.

Was I right?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

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