Vegetation science in a cultural landscape the case of Kakadu National Park
Bridgewater, Peter B.; Russell-Smith, Jeremy; Cresswell, Ian D.
Vegetation pattern in Australia is influenced by climate and edaphic factors. A significant factor influencing pattern is also the cultural influence of Aboriginal people and their land management practices. These include burning of country to produce heterogeneity, and manipulation of small rainforest patches in a fashion akin to gardening. Landscapes which have such intensive human interaction are termed cultural landscapes. Examples of this phenomenon are discussed from Kakadu National Park, Northern Australia.