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BACKGROUND

The Dampier archipelago stretches from northwestern Australia into the Indian Ocean, its landscape marked by crags and ridges that were formed by the erosion of Precambrian lava activity. For 10,000 years, Aboriginal people have carved images into the rock faces, creating a cultural record that spans millennia and possibly begins with the first settlement in Australia. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

When Dampier was declared endangered by the National Trust of Australia, 20 percent of the petroglyphs had already been destroyed by industrial growth and construction. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Fifty years ago, Dampier was the largest of 42 islands forming the Dampier archipelago, but industrial activity in the 1960s connected it to the mainland, and it is now known as the Burrup Peninsula. In addition to altering the geography, the industrial facilities polluted the air with greenhouse gases and dust that damaged the rock art. (...)