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Natural History of the Coorong, Lower Lakes,
and Murray Mouth Region

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Natural History of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, and Murray Mouth region

Royal Society of South Australia

Editors: Luke Mosley, Qifeng Ye, Scoresby Shepherd, Steve Hemming, Rob Fitzpatrick

$77.00 | 2019 | Paperback | 978-1-925261-80-6 | 540pp

FREE | 2019 | Ebook (PDF) | 978-1-925261-81-3 | 540pp


This book, a volume in the Natural History Series by the Royal Society of South Australia, explores the natural history of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, and Murray Mouth (Yarluwar-Ruwe) region of South Australia (the CLLMM), a region that has been listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The book is divided into four main themes: a historical overview of the region; its physical-chemical nature; its biological systems; and its management, resource use and conservation. The effects of large-scale anthropogenic change, climate change, global warming and sea level changes are discussed from multiple perspectives, as are the effects of acid sulfate soils and the overall consequences of the Millennium Drought on the CLLMM’s water quality, biological life and food web.

The discussion includes information from Ngarrindjeri leaders about the history and culture of the Ngarrindjeri people, the traditional owners of the region’s land and waters. The book concludes by establishing the vision and framework required for the important and increasing role that the Ngarrindjeri Nation will play in the shared long-term management of the region.

Royal Society of SA

The major aim of the Royal Society of SA is the promotion and diffusion of scientific knowledge, particularly in relation to Natural Sciences. This is achieved by regular meetings for the reading and discussion of papers, by publications and by maintenance of a library.

History of the Society

The Philosophical Society of Adelaide was founded in 1853. One of the early matters discussed was the formation of a Museum to illustrate the natural history of the Colony. By 1859 the Philosophical Society was incorporated under the SA Institute Act. However it foundered to some extent until the establishment of the University of Adelaide, which apparently revitalised the Society. In 1880, the Philosophical Society received royal patronage and became the Royal Society of SA. At the same time, its journal became the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia.

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