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Kakadu National Park

An overview of Kakadu National Park and why it is so valuable to both the Aboriginal and Australian society.
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Natasha Lennon

on 14 March 2012

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Transcript of Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park "Unique" "Diverse" "Beauty" But why? "Breathtaking" that ELEVEN aboriginal
clans call 'home'.. one of only TWO sites in the world recongised by the UNESCO for both is spectacular natural and cultural heitage Streching over an estimated 20,000 square kilometres of land An Australian icon.. "Majestic" "Versatile" "ICONIC" in australia's
northern Territory ............ making it Australia's second
largest national park having or showing impressive
beauty or dignity being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities relating to the nature of an icon a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense Showing a great deal of variety astonished -
to be surprised or impressed you ask such a
large area
to support a
large variety of
ecosystems all of which supported by SIX seasons
recognised by the Bininj/Mungguy group Gunumeleng

Gudjewg

Banggerreng

Yeggee

Wurrgeng

Gurrung With the Jabiru area in particularly threatened by urnium mining, of which would (in the mine's expected life-time) boost the economy with AU$5.2 billion! .
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Mangroves

Plateau

Wetlands

Escarpment

Flood plains

Outliers
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. extraordinary unusually remarkable Kakadu's Biodiversity over 1000 flora species nearly 300
bird types seventy-five reptile species fifty native mammals thirty amphibians thousands of insect species a quater of Australia's freshwater fish species and whats even more amazing..
marjority of these species
are.. ENDEMIC meaning they are native to only a single place in the world! It is believed by some that Kakadu contains
species not yet discovered! Savanna's for example occupy 60% of Kakadu's land of whom have maintained their interactions for at least 50 000 years! which can be simply divided into the 'dry' and 'wet' seasons in accordance with a traditional Gagudju Dreaming Story, Waramurrungundje a female ancestral being came out of the sea and created Kakadu's landscape The many features respected today as sacred sites were created by her during her travels, until she completed her work and transformed into a rock. and eventually transformed into a rock once her travels were complete. of which is, among many others, respected as a sacred site still today however, Kakadu's physical environment is potientially threatened by 'introduced speices' for example, minosa pigra, salvinia and para grass whereas animals include the buffalo, domestic livestock, wild horses, pigs and cane toads not only do these factors threaten Kakadu but also its high international tourist destination status. increasing demand for infastructure development four-wheel-driving activities damaging soils and vegetation damage to traditional aboriginal rock art Evidently Kakadu National Park is nothing but a phenomenal fact nature that unfortunately is threatened by a number of factors it is vital to protect the area and maintain its significance just as it has been for the past 50 000 years. After all it's...
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