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Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)

Abstract

The Wet Tropics of Queensland follow the northeast coast of Australia for 450 km. The site supports tropical rainforests, subject to a dry season and to frequent cyclonic events. The area presents a record of evolutionary processes that shaped the flora and fauna of Australia, containing the relicts of the Gondwanan forest that covered the country 50–100 million years ago. All of Australia’s marsupials originated in the rainforest, and their closest surviving relatives occur in the Wet Tropics. It also provides important information for the interpretation of fossils found elsewhere in Australia. In addition to its complex pattern of species and life forms, the Wet Tropics is also recognized as possessing outstanding scenic features, natural beauty, and magnificent landscapes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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