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Professor Slatyer (as Australian Ambassador to UNESCO ) with NSW Premier Neville Wran, at Lake Mungo, c 1981

Alpine trees

ANU has a long history of pioneering research into alpine trees. The work Professor Ralph Slatyer undertook in the 1970's was used to show that the tree line was defined by temperature, not altitude, which explains why Australia has a lower tree line than most other countries.