Pollutants not the biggest danger to reef after major flood

Gladstone Observer

14 January 2014

THE impact of catchment pollutants on the Great Barrier Reef is nothing compared to the devastation caused by a reduction in salinity following major floods, according to CQUniversity researcher Dr Alison Jones, who says major floods are "nature's ground zero".

Writing in the PLOS ONE journal this week, Dr Jones discusses the period of December 2010 when the highest recorded Queensland rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Tasha caused flooding of the Fitzroy River in central Queensland. Read more