ABC does science fiction …

The ABC have become really pathetic in it’s blind globull warming support. Darwin sea levels rising faster than anywhere else? Really getting pathetic ABC, fail at fact checking, again. Darwin tidal data:


This is today’s garbage story:

Darwin’s mangroves appear to be fighting back against climate change, but it is unclear if the spindly plants will win their unique race to grow above rising sea levels.

Mangrove forests are mostly found in the subtropics and grow in the tidal regions between land and sea.

More than 40 per cent of Australia’s mangroves are found in the Northern Territory, with Darwin Harbour’s 20,000-hectare system supporting many species of fish, crabs, birds and even the odd possum.

But the harbour’s mangroves have been under threat by an annual average sea level rise of 8.3mm.

This sea level rise is one of the highest in the world.

8.3mm a year?  So water isn’t flat any more, but is forming mountains of water over the Darwin Mangroves!

Charles Darwin University researcher Madeline Goddard has spent the past two years studying the Top End mangroves’ response to this ongoing threat.

“They protect us from storms, they trap sediment, they provide a nursery for fish,” Ms Goddard told 105.7 ABC Darwin.

“We should worry about them.”

Ms Goddard said the plant had a unique ability to literally elevate itself above rising water levels over extended periods of time.

They protect us from storms, they trap sediment, they provide a nursery for fish. We should worry about them.”

Madeline Goddard, Darwin mangrove researcher

Mangroves do this in several ways, including by building up muddy sediment around their exposed roots and by growing themselves towards drier ground.

“They can, under certain scenarios, push towards land,” Ms Goddard said.

Her research has so far found that Top End mangrove systems were displaying this behaviour.

“There is a bit of elevating gain and that seems to be in pace with sea level rise,” she said.

“It’s a bit too early to be definitive.”

Mangroves around large population centres are always on the move, being cut down, growing back numerous times over the past couple of centuries, as land use changes. Broome once had a lot of mangroves, all cut down and replaced with beached pearling luggers, now replaced with mangroves once again. Still in the same spot.

Darwin here: One of Darwin’s most colourful spots is Doctor’s Gully, a pebbly beach on the wide Darwin Harbour where pearling luggers are careened and repaired [photographic image] / photographer, Neil Murray. 1 photographic negative: b&w, acetate [ Photograph : 1954 ]Keywords: PEARLING; MARINE INDUSTRY… where pearling luggers are careened and repaired [photographic image] / photographer, Neil Murray. 1 …View online At National Archives

L17917 Title : One of Darwin’s most colourful spots is Doctor’s Gully, a pebbly beach on the wide Darwin Harbour where pearling luggers are careened and repaired [photographic image] / photographer, Neil Murray. 1 photographic negative: b&w, acetate
Date : 1954

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to
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