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Saturday, October 8th, 2011
Time Event Nice mention of Rottnest in new State Herbarium history I had a thrilling present arrive in the mail this week. It was a copy of a new 275 page book titled A botanical journey. The story of the Western Australian Herbarium by Roger Underwood and published by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. One of my photos of Fish Hook Bay on Rottnest Island was used with permission to illustrate a page describing the work of Irish marine botanist William Harvey (1811-1866) who spent eight months collecting in Western Australia during 1854-55. The photo first appeared in my Fremantlebiz weblog on 17 October, 2008. Dr Harvey spent some time on Rottnest Island collecting terrestrial flora and seaweeds. He eventually published a five volume Phycologia Australica description of Australian seaweeds. It still remains an important reference work for modern marine botanists. Amongst his observations of Rottnest he wrote:
“Many of the detached reefs are shaped like round tables or mushrooms, being fixed on a slender central stalk, often only a few feet in diameter, the horizontal shelf or table spreading out many yards on all sides. Sometimes two or three of these tables are joined together by narrow stone bridges, and sometimes large holes, through which you may look down two or three fathoms into the clearest water, are found in the table, and the swells rise through them and flow over. I often wondered how these filigree reefs could so long withstand the beating of the waves in winter storms. Almost all of them offer good harvest to the algologist, and beautiful pictures to anyone who can appreciate the loveliness of living vegetable forms. At every few yards deep basin-like hollows of greater or lesser size, break the surface of the reef, and afford well-sheltered rocks for a variety of beautiful algae. The water in these basins is always intensely transparent, the bottom frequently of white sand and the steep and craggy sides clothed with algae vegetation in which the brightest tints of green, purple, ermine and olive, and the most graceful waving forms are mingled in rich variety. Here is the favourite locality of some eight or ten species of Caulerpa of several distinct forms, every one a beautiful object. All these are green, but the tints vary from darkest bottle-green to the pale fresh green of an opening beech leaf. Some resemble soft ostrich feathers, others branches of the Norfolk Island pine, and others strings of beads, squirrel’s or cat’s tails, and C. scalpelliformis is like a double saw.” (Underwood, R. (2011). p.65.
We collected, pressed and identified some seaweeds ourselves while we were on the island last year, but I didn’t get to writing about them on Fremantlebiz. A couple of weeks ago we were back at Fish Hook Bay when there was a 4-5 meter swell running outside. I took another photo of the bay which surely would have interested Dr Harvey. The water looks relatively calm, but on the right side of the image below you can see that there is a strong gyre corresponding to the shape of the reef platform. The implication for undercutting over time seems obvious.
From Rottnest September 2011
There's still plenty to discover
There's still plenty to discover Note: Currently there’s a hopefully temporary but annoying problem clicking pics to go to my original Picasa cache. The action has been drawing a blank, but the original image can still be found via the album link. Also the entries mentioning Rottnest are being now excluded from Google alerts, and I discovered yesterday that Telstra has a block in place to prevent connection to Fremantlebiz by certain organisations. © MMXI Paul R. Weaver.
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