Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
12. Refugia in the Northern Territory (continued)
12.5. Reference number NT5
Refuge area: Lake Amadeus and the Karinga Creek system
Biogeographic region: Great Sandy Desert and Finke
Type of refuge: Ecological refuge
Lat./Long. 24°S / 131°E to 25°S / 134°E
Quality of refuge: Significant (1)
Area (km²): <10,000
Chief refuge value
A drainage system providing a complex mixture of habitats characterised by dependable supplies of moisture to plants, and thereby potentially providing important resources for consumers.
Lake Amadeus is a major area for discharge of the central Australian groundwater system; there is consistent groundwater seepage around most of the Lake1. The Karinga Creek palaeodrainage system lies 60 km to the east south-east; it comprises a series of smaller saline through brackish to freshwater pans with springs and seepages emanating from the same groundwater basin as that discharging into Lake Amadeus1. The vegetation varies from highly localised halophytic plants through to widely represented taxa. The possibility of such systems providing dependable resources to consumers through regular plant growth is still to be investigated2, 3.
Other significant species
Infestations of rabbits, and land degradation due to over-grazing.
Aboriginal land, and pastoral leases.
1. Fleming (1993)
2. Yeatman (1992)
3. J.N. Foulkes (unpublished)