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Australian alpine.

Australian alpine and subalpine lakes are host to more than 300 native mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. High levels of rain, hail and snow, combined with low evaporation and minimal human tenancy, culminate in large bodies of pristine water. After filtering through a complex network of vegetation and geological features, water is harvested downstream for domestic, agricultural and industrial use. These delicately balanced lakes are exceptionally susceptible to climate change. As temperatures shift, foreign flora and fauna relocate into the newly temperate zone, compromising the fragile ecology of Australia's rarefied alpine habitats.

Photo: Bette Devine

Blue Lake, Kosciuszko

National Park, NSW

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Publication:Habitat Australia
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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