ANTARTICA-HEARD ISLAND

Australian Antartic supply ship "Aurora Australis" is dwarfed by the spectacular glaciated active volcano, Big Ben (2,745m) on the extremely remote Heard Island, some 4,100 kms south-west of mainland Australia in this file photo dated 1990. Macquarie Island, Heard Island and the nearby McDonald Islands are likely to be the first sub-Antartic territories to be listed on the World Heritage register after the Federal Environment Minister, Senator Hill, fast-tracked their nomination.