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Saving Australia’s outback waterholes

Biologists have revealed new methods in identifying threats to freshwater habitats in arid areas of Australia.

Studies conducted in a number of aquatic outback sites, such as Cooper’s Creek and the Diamantina River, have allowed scientists to better understand types of aquatic habitats that are more sensitive to the effects of climate change and poor water management. The research provides valuable insights for the management of groundwater in outback regions, which often contains high levels of biodiversity and relict species that are not found anywhere else in the world.

Poor water management and climate change both present dangers to aquatic habitats in dry areas, and it is hoped that these new methods will allow for more successful preservation of those areas.

Read more at Monash University

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  1. David Arthur

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    One potentially valuable development was the Howard Government's "Great Artesian Basin Strategic Initiative", which is a programme of capping and rehabilitating the open bores that were first dug soon after discovery of the Great Artesian Basin about a century ago.

    The value of that programme is that because so many permanent waterholes are connected to groundwater aquifers, restoration of the Great Artesian Basin's integrity hundreds and even thousands of kilometres from a specific water hole will eventually assist its water supply.