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Natural processes supporting biodiversity in tropical rivers of northern Australia

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Jardine, T and Warfe, DM and Petit, N and Hamilton, S and Burford, M and Garcia, E and Bunn, S and Douglas, M, Natural processes supporting biodiversity in tropical rivers of northern Australia, Aquatic Biodiversity in Northern Australia, Charles Darwin University Press, Pusey, BJ (ed), Darwin, Australia, pp. 23-36. ISBN 9780980864113 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]


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Abstract

Northern Australia's aquatic ecosystems range from massive floodplains and small billabongs that are teeming with life to small, forested, apparently unproductive streams. In this complex mosaic of habitats, plants and animals have evolved to create unique communities and ecosystems. Transformations of landscapes by humans (e.g. to agriculture or urbanisation) tend to diminish biotic diversity. Here we describe the living and nonliving canvas upon which northern Australia's biodiversity is drawn. This biodiversity supports valuable ecosystem services, providing fish and wildlife, grazing lands, recreational opportunities, and cultural and livelihood values, all of which are widely acknowledged by residents and visitors to the north (see Chapter 11).

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:freshwater ecology, ecosystem processes, food webs
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Freshwater Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Warfe, DM (Dr Danielle Warfe)
ID Code:98484
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2015-02-17
Last Modified:2018-06-28
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