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Daintree rainforest in north Queensland

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Daintree rainforest in far north Queensland. 

According to NASA. the Daintree rainforest is thought to be among the most ancient forests in the world, and has many plants with lineages that scientists have traced back hundreds of millions of years to a time when several continents were joined together as Gondwana. 

“All seven of the world’s oldest surviving fern species can still be found in Daintree, as well as 12 of the world’s 19 most primitive flowering plants,” reported NASA.

The photograph was captured on September 5, 2019 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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