Moonboom Island Feild Report; Report On A Field Study Of Moonboom Island In South East Queensland, Australia

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BACKGROUNDOver three days, from the 19th to the 21st of July, we conducted a field study on Moonboom Island. Moonboom Is. is situated in the Great Sandy Straits between Maroom and Fraser Island and is privately owned. Moonboom is approximately a twenty to thirty minute boat trip form the Maroom boat ramp.There is no in-ground plumbing on Moonboom. Moreover, the key source of drinking and cleaning water found on Moonboom is rainwater stored in a tank. A large portion of Moonboom Is. is made up of mangroves.Part of the field study was undertaken at Gary's Anchorage, a popular spot on Fraser Island's west coast. The different types of organisms found during the study include mangroves, yabbies, crabs, sand flies, ants and a variety of fish. Most of these organisms were found using transects; a technique commonly used when looking at coastal ecosystems.AIMThe main objective the field study conducted on Moonboom Island was to find out exactly what forms of life exist there. And, later on establish why they live there as well as the relationships shared by the species of an ecosystem. It was a study of the biotic and abiotic factors of Moonboom Island. The study also served as a platform to demonstrate the practical skills of sampling and identifying species.APPARATUSTape-measureMeter rulerAnemometerBait netsCast netsYabby pumpsWeather wallMETHODA sampling technique known as transect was employed to ascertain information about particular populations within the ecosystem of Moonboom. A transect is a line through an ecosystem along which sampling can take place. In groups, we carried out this technique, resulting in a number of different transects each 30m in length.Our transect began just past the high tide mark at the edge of the trees and continued through a muddy clearing. We searched for, and studied what organisms were found along the transect; and recorded details of where they were discovered.After examining all organisms alongside the transect, we measured the rise and fall of the terrain, using the meter ruler. This provided us a greater insight into the distribution patterns of the organisms that had been found.The yabby pumps were primarily used for bait collection, however they also allowed us to witness the conditions in which these creatures lived. While the nets helped us to find out what organisms inhabit the surrounding waters of Moonboom Island. The bait net is a long net, which is walked through the water in a semi-circle to collect specimens. The cast net was thrown into the water to catch fish. Both of these methods acquired only a few organisms, all of which were fish and were easily identified.RESULTSAbiotic FactorsDate20/07/0321/07/03Air Temperature180190Water Temperature23021.90Wind Speed-15kWind Direction-South EastCloud Cover7/88/8The Shore Profile - Cross-sectionOrganisms Present and DistributionOrganismCharacteristicsDistribution (m)InsectMosquito size, wings, greyish-black, perhaps a Sandfly0Crab1cm long, brown, crab...

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