Cape Tribulation Tropical Research Station Gallery

Green scarab beetle, Cape Tribulation

One outstanding characteristic of the Daintree rainforest is that it is very wet. Not only is there high atmospheric humidity (85% or more is usual), but the annual rainfall is often several metres a year. All of this water means that not only are there numerous permanent creeks flowing throughout the region, after a heavy rain, a lot of low-lying areas (like the station's property) suddenly find themselves criss-crossed by tiny, rapidly-flowing "ephemeral creeks" - bodies of water which exist only after a heavy rain. The one in the picture is on the grounds of the station.

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