Ediacara Conservation Park

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Ediacara Conservation Park
South Australia
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Ediacara Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Ediacara Conservation Park
Ediacara Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Leigh Creek
Coordinates 30°48′20.52″S 138°8′5.28″E / 30.8057000°S 138.1348000°E / -30.8057000; 138.1348000Coordinates: 30°48′20.52″S 138°8′5.28″E / 30.8057000°S 138.1348000°E / -30.8057000; 138.1348000
Established 11 November 1993 (1993-11-11)[1]
Area 22.12 km2 (8.5 sq mi)[1]
Visitation "a small number of visitors each year" (in 2012)[2]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Footnotes Coordinates[3]
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Ediacara Conservation Park is a protected area located in the Australian state of South Australia about 30 kilometres (19 miles) south west of the town of Leigh Creek in the state’s Far North.[4]

The conservation park was proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 in 2007 over land previously declared as a conservation reserve under the Crown Lands Act 1929 in 1993 and as a fossil reserve in 1958.[1][5][6][7][8]

The conservation park protects and conserves an "assemblage of fossilised Ediacaran soft- bodied marine organisms of international importance," "places of significance" to the Adnyamathanha people, "remnants of mining history associated with the Ediacara mineral field," and an "important chenopod habitat."[9]

The name of the conservation park is derived from the Adnyamathanha language name "Ithiaka-na-danha, where Ithi means ‘Zebra Finch’ and aka – na-danha means ‘to come out’" which is used as the name for the area in which the conservation park is located.[10]

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category VI protected area.[3] The fossil reserve is also listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c DEWNR, 2015
  2. ^ DEWNR, 2012, page 7
  3. ^ a b DoE, 2014
  4. ^ DEWNR, 2012, page 5
  5. ^ DPTI, 2009
  6. ^ DPTI, 2009a
  7. ^ DEWNR, 2012, page ii
  8. ^ DoE, 1980
  9. ^ DEWNR, 2012, page 4
  10. ^ DEWNR, 2012, page 2
  11. ^ "Ediacara Fossil Reserve Palaeontological Site, Ediacara Conservation Reserve [Note that National Heritage Place 24300 Ediacara Fossil Site - Nilpena is 20km to the south]". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 


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