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The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf: Environmental Change and Life's Response.


The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf: Environmental Change and Life's Response

Barry Wilson



413 pages




In this marine ecology study, Wilson focuses on the Australian North West Shelf. The introduction outlines the biogeographical approach and classification of the northern Australian coast. Geology and oceanography frame a discussion of the current physical environment. Wilson discusses in turn the intertidal rocky shores, coral reefs, mangrove habitat, sandy shores and mudflats, and the benthic shelf, in each case covering physical character, relevant history and research, and biodiversity. This builds to the last two chapters, which treat regional biodiversity in a holistic manner. Chapter 8 looks at patterns of connectivity and speciation and their sources, while the final chapter gives a narrative of the biogeographic history in the region, concluding that explanations of current anomalies must be sought through further research in nearby regions.

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