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A fresh framework for the ecology of arid Australia

Morton, S. R.; Stafford Smith, Mark; Dickman, Chris R.; Dunkerley, D. L.; Friedel, M. H.; McAllister, R. R. J.; Reid, Julian; Roshier, David; Smith, M A; Walsh, F. J.; Wardle, G. M.; Watson, I W; Westoby, Mark


A revised set of propositions about ecology in arid Australia is presented, based on research literature since publication of Stafford Smith and Morton (1990). Fourteen propositions distil our argument that most features of the Australian deserts are explicable in terms of two dominant physical and climatic elements: rainfall variability, leading to extended droughts and occasional flooding rains; and widespread nutrient poverty. Different landscapes within the arid zone show these features to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Arid Environments
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.11.001


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