Kakadu in the Northern Territory of Australia has been inhabited more than 50,000 years by different clans from Australia's indigenous people, such as the Aboriginal tribes.
The entire area behind the small gulf faces the sea on the way both to Papua New Guinea at the northeast and Indonesia where Borneo and Komodo Island lie a little at the northwest.
The wetlands color the life in Kakadu National Park; attract thousands of honey birds and tourists to beautiful lands colored as a carpet by lily and help the Aboriginal tribes profit from tourism.
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Today, Kakadu National Park covers 4,894,000 acres and it is known for its unique interaction between culture and nature. The visible signs of this interaction appear in the 10,000-year-old paintings and petroglyphs on stones, and a unique wildlife, made possible by the diverse of the tropical climate.
The area is rich by fauna and flora. In addition to numerous domestic birds and animals, there are some 68 mammals, 26 kinds of frogs, 120 reptile species, more than 10,000 insect species and more than 2000 different kinds of plants covering the area.
The lush green wetlands of Kakadu are home to more than 60 water bird species. In late summer, the northern hemisphere wetlands also attract around 30 migratory bird species.
Those migratory birds leave their breeding grounds in Siberia and China and fly south all the way to warmer surroundings in Australia. Wetlands along the floodplain are covered by forests of eucalyptus, that sustain nectar eating or by other word honeyeaters birds such as Lories.
Paper bark trees are of great significance for Aboriginal tribes. They use the trees to make canoes by folding a large piece of bark for a canoe.
Around 500 Aboriginal people are living in Kakadu National Park today. They are dependent on many tourists who come each year to visit the beautiful lily-carpeted waterways. The Aboriginal tribes continue to live in the same manner as they have always lived taking care of the area.
Climate change poses serious threat to Kakadu National Park. Both of the Aboriginal people and the rich natural environment in the area are critically endangered.
With the expected rising in sea levels, saltwater will likely penetrate into the rich green area, erode the paper-bark forests and transform a large part of the lush wetlands to salty mud surfaces.
If it happens as predicted, the beautiful area will change and this will keep both tourists and the many distinctive birds away and generally have a devastating effect on widelife in Kakadu's wetlands.
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