Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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The Gulf Plains Biogeograhical Region

In the Gulf Plains biogeographic region the alluvial plains and saltflats are much more extensive than in the Peninsula region, extending much further inland. Also in the Gulf Plains region are some of Queensland's largest rivers - the Alice River, Gilbert River, Mitchel Riverl, Norman River and Staaten River. These rivers and their tributaries and distributaries form a dendritic network of channels. The dominant vegetation types of this region are melaleuca woodlands and grasslands. The stringybark forests of the Peninsula region are absent. The climate is much drier than that of the Cape region, the climate being more of a continental (inland) type than the marine type of the Peninsula.

Sources & Further reading

Dawn W. Frith & Clifford B. Frith, Cape York Peninsula: A Natural History, Reed, 1995



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