Macquarie Island lies in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean,
about half-way between New Zealand and Antarctica. 5437'53"S,
15852'15"E. Politically, it has formed part of the Australian state
of Tasmania since 1900 and became a Tasmanian State Reserve in
1978. In 1997 it became a world heritage site. It was a part of
Esperance Municipality until 1993, when the municipality was merged
with other municipalities to Huon Valley. Ecologically, it is part
of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra ecoregion. The
Australian Antarctic Division maintains a permanent base, the
Macquarie Island Station, on the island. The base's residents, the
island's only inhabitants, range in numbers from 20 to 40 people
throughout the year.
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