Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land
a region in N Northern Territory, Australia: site of Aborigine reservation. Also, Arnhemland.

* * *

Region, northeastern Northern Territory, Australia.

It extends south from Van Diemen Gulf to the Gulf of Carpentaria and Groote Eylandt. Never fully explored, it has a total area of about 37,000 sq mi (96,000 sq km) and contains important bauxite and uranium mines. Occupied by Australian Aboriginals since the late Pleistocene, it was visited in 1623 by the Dutch explorer Jan Carstensz, who named it for his ship. The name now primarily refers to its large Aboriginal reserve.

* * *

 historical region of Northern Territory, (Northern Territory) Australia. It consists of the eastern half of the large peninsula that forms the northernmost portion of the Northern Territory. The region, with a total area of about 37,000 square miles (95,900 square km), consists of a ruggedly dissected plateau and associated lowlands lying between the Roper and Alligator rivers. The coast of Arnhem Land extends from Van Diemen Gulf and the Cobourg Peninsula eastward to Gove Peninsula, the Gulf of Carpentaria, and Groote Eylandt. The climate is tropical. The name Arnhem Land is now used primarily for the large Aboriginal (Australian Aborigine) reserve in the area. It has been occupied by Aborigines since the late Pleistocene, and there are rock carvings at many sites. The northeast coast was visited in 1623 by the Dutch explorer Willem van Colster in his ship, Arnhem (Aernem). Since World War II bauxite and uranium mining have become important in the area. Kakadu National Park borders Arnhem Land on the west.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Arnhem-Land — Arnhem Land, früherer Name des nordöstl. Teils von Nordaustralien …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Arnhem Land — Infobox Australian Place | type = region name = Arnhem Land state = nt imagesize = 160 caption = Approximate location of Arnhem Land pop = 16,230 pop footnotes=(2007) [cite news|url=… …   Wikipedia

  • Arnhem land — Terre d Arnhem Limites approximatives de la terre d Arhnem …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Arnhem Land — /ˈanəm lænd/ (say ahnuhm land) noun 1. a region in the NT, in the north eastern part, made an Aboriginal reserve in 1931, now the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust; noted prehistoric archaeological and art sites. About 97 000 km2. 2. (formerly)… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Arnhem Land — Arnhemland Das Arnhemland im Northern Territory (Australien) ist ein Siedlungsgebiet der Aborigines und mit 97.000 km² etwas größer als Portugal. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geografie 2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Arnhem Land — Arn′hem Land or Arn′hem•land n. geg a region in N Northern Territory, Australia: site of Aborigine reservation …   From formal English to slang

  • Arnhem Land — geographical name region N Australia on N coast of Northern Territory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Arnhem Land — northern end of Australia’s Northern Territory …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Arnhem Land — /ahr neuhm/ a region in N Northern Territory, Australia: site of Aborigine reservation. Also, Arnhemland …   Useful english dictionary

  • Arnhem Land languages — Infobox Language family name = Arnhem Land region = northern Australia family = recently proposed family of Australian languages. familycolor = Australian child1 = Burarran child2 = Iwaidjan child3 = Giimbiyu child4 = Gaagudju child5 =… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.