The Becher Wetlands – A Ramsar Site

Evolution of Wetland Habitats and Vegetation Associations

  • Christine Semeniuk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pages 1-11
  3. Pages 51-80
  4. Pages 81-109
  5. Pages 287-374
  6. Pages 375-498
  7. Pages 499-594
  8. Pages 595-624
  9. Pages 625-656
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 657-681

About this book


This book is a landmark study of the Holocene evolution and functioning of a suite of seasonal wetland basins in the temperate coastal zone of Western Australia. In 2001, a series of discrete small scale wetlands on the Becher cuspate foreland in Western Australia, were nominated as a Ramsar site because of their scientific values. These values pertained to their setting, their method of formation and deepening, their history of infilling, their complex hydrological mechanisms, and their dynamic hydrochemical and vegetation responses. The wetlands were the subjects of intense curiosity, observation, measurement, and experiment, for over 10 years. The results of this interest and passion are presented here in order to demonstrate the considerable importance of what lay beneath the ordinary surface.

Amongst the new ideas presented in the book are the importance of stratigraphy in understanding wetland development, the significance of physiographic setting in determining wetland development, and the unravelling of several different evolutionary pathways in wetlands of the same basic origin.

The book would be of interest to a great variety of readers such as university researchers/students in the fields of geography, ecology, environmental science/engineering, botany and biology, and also would be of benefit to water/soil resource managers, land management planners, conservation agencies and environmental management/protection agencies.


Groundwater Sediment ecology geomorphology hydrology soil wetland

Authors and affiliations

  • Christine Semeniuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Wetlands Research AssociationPerthAustralia

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