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'The Australian land mass looks so red when viewed from outer space. It has the oldest and least fertile soils, and is the driest inhabited continent. Only the south-east and south-west corners of the continent have a temperate climate.'

This outstanding new poster includes bathymetry data of the ocean floor compiled from GEBCO (General Bathymetric Charts of the Oceans) data sets. The bright blue colour represents shallower water or continental shelves making it easy to see that Australia sits on the Indo-Australian Plate.

We know that the first inhabitants entered the continent on foot, by crossing what is known as the Torres Strait today when the sea levels were lower over 40,000 years ago. All this is evident from looking at this map.