Mer, Dauar and Waier are high islands of volcanic origin, and are found in the east of the Torres Strait.
They're surrounded by extensive reefs, which cover an area some thirty times larger than the islands' land mass.
Towards the end of the Ice Age, the rocky land bridge joining the Australian continent and Papua New Guinea was flooded; sea levels rose and the Torres Strait formed.
Over the following two thousand years, the pattern of islands, reefs and blue water that make up the Strait today, developed.
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