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While the most common use of this word is to refer to the Western Plateau and northern plains of Australia, the actual definition references any remote region of back country wilderness. In the American Southwest, there are many regions and areas that could be considered “outback” due to their ruggedness, difficulty of access, and lack of human-built "improvements," including roads.

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"Mogollon Rim, Coconino National Forest, Arizona, October 15, 2009" by Brady Smith, USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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