Round Australia Road Trip #12
To qualify for World Heritage listing a place must meet at least one of ten selection criteria determined by UNESCO. Shark Bay World Heritage Area, on the mid north coast of Western Australia, is one of only 16 places in the world to meet four criteria and was inscribed on the list in 1991.
The criteria are
- superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
- outstanding examples representing major stages of earth’s history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;
- outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;
- important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.