GREY nomads and backpackers could hold the key to understanding some of Queensland's most remote ecosystems.
The Queensland Government is calling on travellers to photograph 10 Great Artesian Basin springs throughout the state in order to back up Parks and Wildlife rangers' work.
The photos can then be uploaded through an online portal.
Queensland Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said photos would allow the springs to be viewed over time - not just when rangers were nearby.
"Public photos will provide a time series illustrating the ways these springs behave over time, in response to changes in weather, water use, land use and other factors,” he said.
The springs are spread across Queensland with a number in the state's south-west, central Queensland and Cape York.
"Rangers are looking forward to the public's involvement because they know the springs of the GAB are really significant and interesting ecological sites which support unique and highly specialised plant and animal species,” he said.
"The GAB springs and the communities of species they support are listed as endangered communities. There's a national recovery plan aimed at tackling the threats to these ecosystems.
"One of the locations for the pilot - Elizabeth Springs Conservation Park south-east of Boulia - was actually made a park because of its mound springs and their unique animals and plants. They have their own goby fish, found no-where else in the world.”
Mr Miles said the "citizen science” monitoring project was designed to raise awareness about the springs.
Photo poles have been installed at Police Paddock, Town Common and Jantala sites, poles for the remaining eight sites will be installed by the end of September.
Go to www.qld.gov.au and type "spring monitoring” into the search box for information on where the springs are and how to take and submit the photographs.
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