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Great Sandy Strait contributing catchments

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Based on wetland mapping version 5.0

Great Sandy Strait contributing catchments wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 739.6 100.0% 6.1%
Artificial and highly modified 30.5 4.1% 0.3%
Estuarine 154.4 20.9% 1.3%
Lacustrine 11.3 1.5% 0.1%
Palustrine 359.7 48.6% 3.0%
Riverine 183.6 24.8% 1.5%

There are approximately 1,917 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Great Sandy Strait contributing catchments wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 739.6 100.0% 6.1%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 108.2 14.6% 0.9%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 46.2 6.2% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 101.8 13.8% 0.8%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 21.7 2.9% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 109.4 14.8% 0.9%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 89.4 12.1% 0.7%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 31.1 4.2% 0.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 6.3 0.9% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 3.2 0.4% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 8.0 1.1% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 26.6 3.6% 0.2%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Riverine 3.7 0.5% 0.0%
Riverine 183.6 24.8% 1.5%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Great Sandy Strait contributing catchments wetland extent change by system
System 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2017/pre-clear
percentage
Total 739.6 740.1 740.3 741.1 742.1 * 71.1%
Artificial and highly modified 30.5 30.4 30.2 29.8 29.1 n/a
Estuarine 154.4 154.4 154.4 154.4 154.4 99.0%
Lacustrine 11.3 11.3 11.3 11.3 11.3 100.0%
Palustrine 359.7 359.9 360.1 361.1 362.4 68.0%
Riverine 183.6 184.1 184.4 184.6 184.9 62.7%

* Total 2017/pre-clear percentage excludes artificial and highly modified

Great Sandy Strait contributing catchments wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 739.6 740.1 740.3 741.1 742.1
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 108.2 108.2 108.2 108.2 108.2
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 46.2 46.2 46.2 46.2 46.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 101.8 101.8 101.9 102.6 103.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 21.7 21.7 21.7 21.7 21.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 109.4 109.4 109.4 109.4 109.4
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 89.4 89.5 89.5 89.8 90.2
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 31.1 31.1 31.2 31.2 31.5
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 6.3 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.4
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 26.6 26.5 26.3 25.9 25.3
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
(modified natural) Riverine 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7
Riverine 183.6 184.1 184.4 184.6 184.9

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 4502 598 516 196 5275
Animals 1012 36 235 96 1048
Mammals 114 13 7 16 127
Birds 472 12 93 43 484
Reptiles 150 1 23 15 151
Amphibians 50 1 20 10 51
Lobe-finned fishes 1 0 1 1 1
Ray-finned fishes 59 6 64 3 65
Cartilaginous fishes 8 0 8 3 8
Lampreys 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 148 3 18 4 151
Malacostracans 9 0 0 1 9
Bacteria 16 0 0 0 17
Chromists 28 0 0 0 29
Fungi 774 0 0 0 802
Plants 2668 562 281 100 3375
Protozoans 4 0 0 0 4

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the DES WildNet database and converted to a 10km² grid. The grid information has been intersected with the mapping polygons to determine the species lists. Click here to view the species grid metadata.

Information from WildNet can also be accessed via Wildlife Online and WetlandMaps.

Rare or threatened includes species listed as extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent under either the Nature Conservation Act or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

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This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2013) Great Sandy Strait contributing catchments — facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/study-area-great-sandy-strait/

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