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Off the beaten track - Mount Manypeaks

Mount Manypeaks is a distinctive peak located approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) north-east of Albany, Western Australia, 10 kilometres (6 mi) north-east of Two Peoples Bay and 6 km south-east of the town of Manypeaks.

By Hughesdarren (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Hughesdarren (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The mountain is the dominant feature in the area and was named by Captain Matthew Flinders in January 1802 whilst surveying the south coast region in the "Investigator". Flinders noted in his journal "There are a number of small peaks upon the top of this ridge, which induced me to give it the name Mount Manypeak". The plural form has now become the accepted form of spelling.

The Mount Manypeaks formation has a total length of 22 kilometres (14 mi) and has a width of 3 kilometres (2 mi). The ridge is made up primarily of a type of graniteproterozoic porphyritic biotite granite as well as adamellite. In places limestone lies over the granite block.

The Mount Manypeaks Nature Reserve forms part of the Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its significance in the conservation of several rare and threatened bird species.

Farming in the northern part of the Manypeaks landscape is mixed cropping (mainly canola, wheat and barley) and sheep production with a change to cattle farming the higher rainfall areas to the south, where extensive areas of blue gum plantations have been established and there are small pockets of intensive horticulture.

Threats that affect the biodiversity of the Manypeaks landscape are many and include altered hydrology, various dieback diseases, introduced predators, inappropriate fire regimes, human recreation, historical and current clearing causing habitat fragmentation, weeds and grazing.

 

Source Wikipedia Encylopedia