National Geographic : 1936 Dec
© National Geographic Society Finlay Photographs byW.Robert Moore MORE THAN 300 SPECIES OF EUCALYPTUS TREES ARE NATIVE TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINENT Popularly termed "gums" or "eucalypts," they dominate the Commonwealth's landscape. Here two woodcutters hack away atagiant karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor), whose hard wood is often used for paving streets. These trees sometimes shoot up 180 feet before branching. Forests ofthem inWestern Australia cover an area about a third the size of Rhode Island. The red gum (right) stands in National Park, south ofSydney, where alarge tract of native bushland is preserved.