New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands World Heritage Site
Îles sub-antarctiques de Nouvelle-Zélande, New Zealand
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The five southernmost groups of the New Zealand Outlying Islands form the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic islands. These islands are collectively designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most of the islands are located near the southeast edge of the largely submerged continent centred on New Zealand called Zealandia, which rifted away from Australia 60-85 million years ago and from Antarctica between 130 and 85 million years ago.
Until 1995, scientific research staff were stationed permanently at a meteorological station on Campbell Island. Since then, the islands are uninhabited. The islands are:
They share some features with Australia's Macquarie Island to the west.
New Zealand also has territorial claims, held in abeyance under the Antarctic Treaty System, over several islands close to the Antarctic mainland, including:
Of these, Ross Island is inhabited by the scientific staff of several research stations, notably at McMurdo Sound and Scott Base.
Coordinates: 50°45′00″S 166°06′14″E / 50.750°S 166.104°E / -50.750; 166.104
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