Editions Remaining: 7
Total Editions: 10
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The massive tides we have in the Northern Territory means nature has to create ways to shift that water in a fast efficient manner. This is primarily done by the creeklets then the creeks leading to the rivers which discharge into the bays and the harbours that make up the Northern Territory coastline. Around these systems we have extensive mangrove systems that cover nearly 40% of the Top End coastline and the discharge of water out of the mangroves is continous even after the bulk of the water has gone as the mud and silt holds water and gravity slowly drains it out. The massive sand bars and mud flats, whilst nearly flat, always have rises and slopes created by water slowly draining off again after the bulk of the water has disappeared. At the bottom of the tide these tendril like snake drains can hold many a Barramundi as they hunt the Mullet hiding in the shallows. This drain in Bynoe Harbour is part of the catchment on Indian Island.
This artwork is very literal in many ways. The East Alligator River is a tidal river that relies heavily on the surrounding floodplains, to feed back in to the main river system. As the floodplains drain, they create little creeks leading into the river, which moves baitfish off the floodplains and into the East Alligator, which then Barramundi and other marine life feed off. Without the floodplains and seasonal rains, these creeks wouldn't be formed and would not allow for the cycle of life to continue. It would simply become lifeless.