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Bunn, S.E., Thoms, M.C., Hamilton, S.K. and Capon, S.J. 2006. Flow variability in dryland rivers: boom, bust and the bits in between. River Research and Applications, Special Issue: Variability in Riverine Environments, 22(2): 179–186


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Flow variability in dryland rivers: boom, bust and the bits in between.

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Australian dryland rivers are acknowledged as being among the most variable and unpredictable in the world in terms of their flow regimes. Although renowned for their spectacular floods over vast and complex floodplains, rivers exist for much of the time as discrete waterholes, which are important refugia for aquatic biota. Recent work has shown that waterholes are filled by surface flows and there is little evidence of groundwater contributions. The permanence of these refugia is largely determined by waterhole morphology and evaporative loss, and some waterholes can clearly persist for 2 years or more without surface flow connection. Keywords: flood pulse, flow pulses, refugia, arid zone, flow regimes, water resource development.

Year: 2006

Type: Journal Article

Origin: DRFN DLIB

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rra.904/abstract


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