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Rising sea levels transforming parts of coast near Kakadu National Park

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Floodplains around Australia’s largest national park are undergoing a visible transformation as rising sea levels push salt water further from the coast into its freshwater river systems.

Climate change is understood to be driving the phenomenon along the coastal region around Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, which will likely have dramatic consequences in the coming century.

If emissions continue to rise, modelling by the CSIRO from 2017 shows almost half of Kakadu’s freshwater wetlands could be inundated with saltwater within 50 years, spelling out drastic repercussions for biodiversity.

Due to a process that began decades ago, evidence of saltwater inundation is plain to see in areas of the park and beyond, where…



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