Seagrass meadows of northeastern Australia

Coles, Robert G., Rasheed, Michael A., Grech, Alana, and McKenzie, Len J. (2017) Seagrass meadows of northeastern Australia. In: Finlayson, C.M., Milton, G.R., Prentice, R.C., and Davidson, N.C., (eds.) The Wetland Book II: Distribution description and conservation. Springer, pp. 1-13. (In Press)

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Abstract

The northeastern Australian coastline from the tropics (10°S) to the subtropical zone of the southern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and its World Heritage Area (25°S) is famous for coral reefs, a huge drawcard for the Australian tourist industry. Less appreciated but of at least equal importance to ecosystem functionality are the enormous seagrass meadows that stretch along these shallow coastal waters from intertidal banks to about 60 m deep (Fig. 1). Unique for a developed country such as Australia, a large proportion of these meadows are remote from human populations and anthropogenic impacts. Many meadows, such as those in the Gulf of Carpentaria, are inaccessible and rarely visited by people (Fig. 2).

Item ID: 48941
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: seagrass; Great Barrier Reef; dugong; turtles
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ISBN: 978-94-007-4000-6
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 04:34
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 100%
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