Can you have a wilderness without trees?

Sunset Lake CargelligoI’ve been having discussions about what “wilderness” means. For me the word conjures up images of trees, trees and more trees, but so many “wild” places aren’t like that at all.

Wikepedia defines it as:

Wilderness or wildland is a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by human activity. It may also be defined as: “The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure.

I guess by that definition outback Australia, with it’s wide open spaces and scrub is a wilderness. Yet, when I search images of wilderness they’re almost invariably green, or mountainous.

What do you think – is this wilderness?

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