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Though the world’s smallest continent, Australia features a full range of topography and ecosystems: desert, grassland, mountains, rainforests, coral reefs. It is home to the Great Barrier Reef, the koala, the platypus; it is one of the seventeen countries identified as harboring the majority of earth’s species, and a high percentage of Australia’s species are endemic only to the continent. The Piper Center for Creative Writing partnered with Monash University and the University of Wollongong for an exchange program in 2009.



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