Lake Eyre Basin Rivers 140 (a) (b) Fig. 15.2. The impact on our livelihood was catastrophic with declining productivity of the land and devastation of the environment as the floods stopped coming. This shows (a) the incredible response of floodplain vegetation after the 1983 flood, before upstream development of the river and (b) the results of upstream water resource development in 2004, taking the floods which we relied on and killing these long-lived trees on the floodplain (photos, P. Petersen).
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