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Greater Australian Interior Desert & Shrublands bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 325,462
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 8
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 84%
    Protection Target
  • 2
    Protection Level

The Greater Australian Interior bioregion, located in the Australasia realm, represents a huge expanse of desert and dry shrublands with the famous Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in the center of the continent, a site that is sacred to its Indigenous people. The bioregion contains eight distinct ecoregions – Western Australian Mulga Shrublands [1], Great Sandy-Tanami Desert [2], Gibson Desert [3], Great Victoria Desert [4], Nullarbor Plains Xeric Shrublands [5], Central Ranges Xeric Scrub [6], Tirari-Stuart Stony Desert [7], Simpson Desert [8] – with a total area of more than 325 million hectares.

The Greater Australian Interior Desert & Shrublands bioregion is part of the Australia subrealm and is made up of eight ecoregions: Western Australian Mulga Shrublands [1], Great Sandy-Tanami Desert [2], Gibson Desert [3], Great Victoria Desert [4], Nullarbor Plains Xeric Shrublands [5], Central Ranges Xeric Scrub [6], Tirari-Stuart Stony Desert [7], Simpson Desert [8].

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