Much needed rain at Charles Darwin Reserve

Published 27 Apr 2014 
about  Charles Darwin Reserve  
Water among the acacia shrub lands<br/> Water among the acacia shrub lands
Tanami enjoying the CDR yacht<br/> Tanami enjoying the CDR yacht
Ephemeral wetlands flanked by paperbarks<br/> Ephemeral wetlands flanked by paperbarks
More paperbarks<br/> More paperbarks
Claypan full with fresh water<br/> Claypan full with fresh water
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Water collecting at the North end of Charles Darwin Reserve<br/> Water collecting at the North end of Charles Darwin Reserve
Greenstone Dam<br/> Greenstone Dam
Water among the York Gum woodlands<br/> Water among the York Gum woodlands

Most of the clay plans and samphire systems around the Reserve have several inches of fresh water in them and are now full. Amongst the York Gum woodlands there is also much water pooling and slowly seeping into the soil profile. All the Gnamma Holes (Aboriginal Rock Holes) are filled with fresh water and the granite outcrops are alive with lush green lichen and aquatic macro invertebrate activity. 

As management on the Reserve has focused tirelessly over the past decade on controlling feral herbivores (mainly goats) the landscape is in great condition to receive and utilize this rain. Very little erosion has occured and the water that is collecting is of very high quality.

This rainfall event will give a much needed reprieve to the native plant and animals that have struggled through the most recent hot and dry summer.

All the tanks around the homestead and volunteer quarters are full of lovely fresh rain water ready for the busy winter and spring conservation works season.

Charles Darwin Reserves annual rainfall is 280.00mm.

Water among the acacia shrub lands<br/> Water among the acacia shrub lands
Tanami enjoying the CDR yacht<br/> Tanami enjoying the CDR yacht
Ephemeral wetlands flanked by paperbarks<br/> Ephemeral wetlands flanked by paperbarks
More paperbarks<br/> More paperbarks
Claypan full with fresh water<br/> Claypan full with fresh water
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Water collecting at the North end of Charles Darwin Reserve<br/> Water collecting at the North end of Charles Darwin Reserve
Greenstone Dam<br/> Greenstone Dam
Water among the York Gum woodlands<br/> Water among the York Gum woodlands