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Denniston Plateau…No Ordinary Footprint…


The Denniston Plateau also hosts a diverse and complex array of flora such as southern rata, coral lichen, yellow-silver pine, and pygmy pine, prostrate manuka, which has adapted to the harsh environment and grows in stunted bonsai forms. This diversity has created a mosaic wonderland of flora and fauna. I lament the inevitable loss of this ecosystem from such exploitation that open cast mining creates.