Mornington Peninsula

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What is Physiography?

The shape of the land

What regions in the Mornington Peninsula divided up into? (horst and graben)

Horst: Mornington peninsula; Mt Eliza, Mornington, Mt Martha, Arthur's seat, Red Hill and Main Ridge.
Graben (sunkland): Port Phillip; kangerong basin and safety beach.

Define horst

A horst is an area of land that has risen between two fault lines or cracks in the earth's crust.

Define graben

A sunkland or graben is formed when land subsides between two faults.

Modern land uses of the region

 Residential
 Tourism
 Vineyards
 Orchards
 Retirement communities
 Market gardens
 Industrial

Aboriginal use of the land

 Coastal waters, Tootgarook swamp and Sullivan bay were used for food sources which supplied seafood and shellfish.
 They used the plants and berries for food and medicine and the hinterland (bushland) supplied possums and wallabies.
 The aboriginals also practised some environmental management strategies like controlled burning of vegetation and to store/dump rubbish.

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