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Lorentz National Park, Indonesia

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

Abstract

Lorentz National Park, located in Indonesian Papua, is one of the world’s last great wildernesses, comprising two main biomes, lowland and highland. It is the only protected area to incorporate a continuous transect from snowcap to tropical marine environment, including extensive wetlands in the Arafura Sea between New Guinea and Australia. The mountains result from the collision of two tectonic plates and have a complex geology with glacially sculpted peaks. The lowland, on the other hand, is continually being extended by shoreline accretion. The area also contains fossil sites which provide evidence of the evolution of life in Papua, a high level of endemism and the highest level of biodiversity of the region.

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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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