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Lone Mangrove, Queensland, Australia, 1995

Photo: Lone Mangrove

This lonely mangrove clings to the earth with its massive roots. Cape York Peninsula is a land of extremes—scorched in one season and sodden in the next. Five months of monsoon rains causes rivers to burst their banks, then they evaporate during seven months of withering drought.

(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Cape York Peninsula," June 1996, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Sam Abell

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