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Review of how indigenous people managed for water in desert regions of Australia

  title={Review of how indigenous people managed for water in desert regions of Australia},
  author={Ian A. E. Bayly},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia},
  • I. Bayly
  • Published 1999
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
Traditional knowledge, oral instruction and stylised mapping were all important to Australian Aborigines in defining the type of water supplies available in a particular region, and assisting in their location. Observations of birds, especially the more sedentary species such as the zebra finch (Poephila guttata), could be significant. Specific sources of water utilized by indigenous people included; flooded gnammas (rock-holes), soakage-wells in permeable sediments, clay dams, flooded claypans… 

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