Aquatic ecosystems

Burrows, Damien (2004) Aquatic ecosystems. In: McCullough, Marnie, and Musso, Barbara, (eds.) Healthy Rangelands: principles for sustainable systems. Focus on Australia's Burdekin rangelands. Tropical Savannas CRC, pp. 148-170.

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[Extract] Aquatic ecosystems are an important component of regional ecological diversity. Although they occupy a relatively small percentage of the land area, streams and their riparian zones play a disproportionately important role in the overall environment, even in drier catchments such as the upper Burdekin. Aquatic environments are readily affected by surrounding land use. Impacts from land use activity may be localised, or streams may act as channels that carry the impacts of land use far away to downstream environments. Because they represent foci for stock, humans and weeds and receive runoff from the wider catchment, the upper Burdekin's aquatic habitats are among the most modified habitats in the region's landscapes. Because of their ecological importance, and the fact that they can transfer impacts to valuable downstream environments (see Chapter 8), protection of aquatic ecosystems should be a priority objective of sustainable management of the upper Burdekin rangelands.

Item ID: 26575
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-0-9581014-4-8
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 05:12
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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