What type of ecosystem is the Kimberley?

From its weathered sandstone escarpments and tropical woodlands to its freshwater wetlands, coral reefs and extensive savannas, this ancient landscape is as spectacular as it is varied.

What biome is the Kimberley?

Australian Monsoon Tropics
The Kimberley, in north-western Australia, is a unique bioregion within the Australian Monsoon Tropics (AMT) biome (Fig. 1).

What type of vegetation is found in Western Australia?

The dominant type of vegetation in Australia — 23 per cent — is the hummock grasslands in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. In the east eucalypt woodlands are prevalent, and in the west there are Acacia forests, woodlands and shrublands. Tussock grasslands are found largely in Queensland.

What are the vegetation zones in Australia?

The main vegetation types in Australia (in simplified terms) are forest, rainforest, grassland and desert. Different types of trees, shrubs and grasses grow within each of these vegetation types and are specially adapted to the soil, rainfall and temperature in each area.

What is Kimberley known for?

Kimberley, in the east, is well known for its diamond-mining past and is still a centre for mining and cutting diamonds. Northern Cape province produces almost all of the manganese mined in South Africa.

What is the Kimberley used for?

The Kimberley is famous for its production of diamonds and accounts for all of Western Australia’s diamond output. The Argyle Diamond mine south of Kununurra is owned and operated by Rio Tinto and is the world’s largest supplier (by volume) and the only known source of pink diamonds.

Is a family of plant originated from Australia?

Australia’s best known species come from three large and very diverse dicot families: the Fabaceae, the Myrtaceae and the Proteaceae….Largest angiosperm families in Australia.

Family % of total flora1 Notable genera
Proteaceae 5.6 Banksia, Hakea, Grevillea
Cyperaceae 3.3 Cyperus

What are the 3 types of vegetation?

Vegetation regions can be divided into five major types: forest, grassland, tundra, desert, and ice sheet.

Is Grass a vegetation?

Grass means vegetation consisting of short plants, or a piece of land with such vegetation. Grass is defined as to grow vegetation with narrow, long leaves, or to send an animal out to eat in the pasture.

Is Kimberley safe?

Crime rates in Kimberley, South Africa

Level of crime 87.50 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 81.25 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen 71.88 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 66.67 High
Worries car stolen 72.22 High

Who discovered the Kimberley mine?

Cecil Rhodes, aged 17, arrives in South Africa. He sells ice to miners in the hot African sun and saves his money. 1871: The De Beers Mine is discovered in May, and the Kimberley Mine in July.

What are the land systems of the Kimberley region?

The ‘Land systems of the Kimberley region, Western Australia’ (Technical bulletin 98) provides a comprehensive and standardised description of the landscapes, soils and vegetation of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The information can be used to plan sustainable resource use.

What kind of climate does the Kimberley have?

The Kimberley has a tropical monsoonal climate with a wet summer (November to April) and a dry winter (May to October). This rainfall pattern leads to tropical savanna vegetation in the north and arid desert grassland in the southern interior.

What kind of plants grow in the Kimberley?

Common plants in the Kimberley Common name (link to DPIRD species page) Scientific name (link to FloraBase) Bunched kerosene grass, wind grass Aristida contorta Erect kerosene grass Aristida holathera Feathertop threeawn grass Aristida inaequiglumis Feathertop wiregrass Aristida latifolia

What are the threats to the Kimberley environment?

Plants and animals can also be under threat if their range or habitat is highly restricted.