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The Knysna Basin, South Africa: geomorphology, landscape sensitivity and sustainability

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The Knysna Basin, a southern Cape catchment, drains into the Knysna estuary. The landscape characteristics are the product of a long geomorphic evolution resulting in high sensitivity to change. Consideration of the geomorphology is followed by examples of impacts on the estuary and adjacent areas. The need for sustainability in the context of development is argued. The paper is a southern African contribution to the landscape sensitivity issue.
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Keywords: South Africa; geomorphology; landscape sensitivity;  Southern Cape

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3BT, UK, Email:

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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