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Evidence for gradual retreat of dry monsoon forests under a regime of Aboriginal burning, Karslake Peninsula, Melville Island, northern Australia

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Bowman, DMJS, Evidence for gradual retreat of dry monsoon forests under a regime of Aboriginal burning, Karslake Peninsula, Melville Island, northern Australia, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 102 pp. 25-30. ISSN 0035-9211 (1992) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

Karslake Peninsula is a flat laterite area on the north coast of Melville Island. In 1968 a small patch of monsoon forest surrounded by tall eucalypt savanna was identified in a detailed vegetation map of the Peninsula. The eucalypt savanna is burnt annually by Aborigines to facilitate marsupial hunting. Twenty-two years later this patch was revisited and was found to occupy roughly the same area. Permanent transects of its boundary revealed that grass had not invaded the patch over three dry seasons from 1988 to 1990. Only one tree was noted as having been killed by fire on the boundary during this period. It is concluded that at this site a formerly extensive dry monsoon forest is being very gradually converted into savanna through patch fragmentation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Karslake Peninsula, laterite, monsoon forest, eucalypt savanna, patch fragmentation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:69137
Year Published:1992
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-04-19
Last Modified:2012-08-28
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