Its a year since ex tropical cyclone Oswald hit us in Queensland, and I decided to see how Bundaburg, was faring. Virtually half the town seems to have affected in some way and the evidence is still there. Along the river are houses which are abandoned, or demolished, over grown, or derelict, but alongside them are businesses which have been reestablished and are operating as usual. There are boats which have ended up on dry land and are still there. It seems to be at the whim of insurance companies, some people are still waiting for their claims to be assessed, those that have been refused are still unrepaired.
But its the spirit of the people that seems to be the motivator. I spoke to one man who sharpens and repairs machinery. The business has been operating for over 100 years and he is back in business and going strong despite losing 2 cars and all of his stock. He also lives on the premises, so both his home and business was affected. They say the roar of the river was something to be remembered, it was so loud and could be heard streets away. Any infrastructure on the river banks was swept away and anything moored in the river went. The water was up to the road level of the bridges over the river, and sections of their foundations were swept away. Sections of road disappeared too. That seems to have been repaired.
It seems opportunity knocks when something like this happens. There are new opportunities available and if one can seize the moment and transform the destruction into something positive, there are benefits to be had. I saw a very good community project run by the Salvation Army which if I lived in Bundaberg, I’d like to volunteer at: http://salvos.org.au/bundaberg/tom-quinn-community-centre/
Katherine Gorge – example of Aboriginal depiction of fossil megafauna
Katherin Gorge Aboriginal art
Ediacara site, Flinders Ranges
Gantheaume Pt, Broome
Australia is a very ancient land with fossils dating from the PreCambrian, the oldest period of life on earth. The earliest life we know from the fossil record are microscopic fossil algae (Cyanophyta) and bacteria from 3000 million years ago.
Then there are stromatolites mats of blue-green algae which still occur today in Shark Bay WA. Then the earliest soft bodied organisms occur about 500 million years ago. The Ediacara fauna fossils are found in the Flinders Ranges near Leigh Creek.
These fossils were found in 1947 but it was 1957 before they were studied. They consist of jellyfish, soft corals, worms, arthropods and others up to 50cm long. There were no predators and their food consisted of floating plants and animals. Later some of the Ediacara fauna were found in Russia near the Artic Circle and also near the Black Sea. This confirms the reconstruction of the positions of continents in a belt along a paleo-equator at that time, a conclusion reached independently by geophysicists and paleogeographers. This area is now protected as a reserve.
In more recent times, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, in places their footprints can still be seen. One example is in Broome where the footprints were below low tide mark and have been recast above the tide line, so they can be seen. Unfortunately someone tried to steal the fossils, and the cast is all that remains. There are other fossil footprints in Queensland.
Still more recently, when Aboriginal people arrived in Australia, there were large examples of fauna still in existence and they were depicted in their art. The example I’ve shown is in Katherine Gorge, NT There are other examples in Arnhem Land. Most well known of the megafauna are Diprotodon and Thylacoleo or marsupial lion. Many examples came from caves in SA. <a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GW4MYTJ2CN7CN"><img alt="" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_donateCC_LG.gif"></a> https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GW4MYTJ2CN7CN