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[Excerpt] [The author’s] research area is Dampier Island on the coast of Western Australia, 8 km southwest of the township of Dampier built in 1965. It is part of the Dampier archipelago, and is also known as ‘Dampier Peninsula’ or ‘Burrup Peninsula’ (Fig. 1.1). Dampier Island is the largest island in the Dampier archipelago; it is a rugged, hilly and rocky stretch of land. The northern part faces the open sea and East Middle and West Middle Intercourse islands. The southern part is orientated towards the wide mudflats of Fenner Creek, Click Creek and Lewis Creek. In 1968, these mudflats were transformed into solar salt fields by the Dampier Salt Company. Today causeways cross these salt fields to link Dampier Island to the mainland. Most of Dampier Island is surrounded by a narrow belt of mangroves. …
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