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Coral record of increased sediment flux to the inner Great Barrier Reef since European settlement

McCulloch, Malcolm; Fallon, Stewart; Wyndham, Timothy; Hendy, E; Lough, Janice; Barnes, David

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The effect of European settlement on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is a long-standing and controversial issue. Erosion and sediment transport in river catchments in this region have increased substantially since European settlement, but the magnitude of these changes remains uncertain. Here we report analyses of Ba/Ca ratios in long-lived Porites coral from Havannah Reef - a site on the inner Great Barrier Reef that is influenced by flood plumes from the Burdekin river -...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/74248
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature01361

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