Kakadu

Kakadu covers an area of 19,804 km2

Location

Kakadu is at the top of the Northern Territory and covers 568 400 hectares of low-lying lands dominated by the flood plains of the East, South and West Alligator rivers.

Historical Imformation

The Arnhem land platea sandstones are about 1 600 million years old. Nourlangie rock in Kakadu National park was decorated with rock art as far back as 20 000 years ago. Some rock art at Kakadu is 18 000 years old and some rock features are 200 million years old.


Flora

There are lots of plants in Kakadu, some are

Pandanus (a grass)

Willowy paperbarks (Melaleuca spp)

Screw palm (Pandanus spiralis)

Golden Grevillia

Hibiscus

Gardenia

Fresh water mangrove (baringtonia acutangula)

Water lilies

  • Sacred lily of Buddha
  • Red lotus (Nulumbonucifera)
  • Giant blue waterlily (Nymphaea gigantean)

Fauna

Kakadu is like an animal haven because it has got some rare animals living there! A rare bird called a Yellow Chat is found their as well as the rare Gouldian Finch and the Hooded Parrot live in the eucalyptus woodlands. The Arnhem land plateau is a habitat for black wallaroos, rock possums and rock rats.

There are at least 350 species of wading birds.

In Kakadu there are more than 50 species of native mammals, over 270 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 43 species of native fish, 22 species of frogs and 6 000 insects.

Interesting Facts

  • In Arnhem land it is extremely hot, the average temperature in summer is 34 degrees and in winter 30 degrees.
  • Summer is some times called the wet because they have a lot of rain in summer.
  • In summer the grasses can grow up to 3 metres tall.
  • Temperature extremes from -5 to 45 degrease with wind, fire and intense rain all play important rolls to creating arid landscapes.

Bibliography

internet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakadu_National_Park

https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=cr&ei=mBowUq65KonfkAXVx4HwCQ

https://www.google.com.au/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&authuser=0

Books

The colours of Australia-Reg Morrison and Mark Lang

Australian Landmarks-Brendan Gallagher

Northern Territory National Parks

Australia-Helen Grasswill