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Efforts are being taken to preserve the natural characteristics of Hopetoun Falls, Australia while continuing to allow visitor access

Conservation biology is the study of the nature and status of Earth's biodiversity, aimed to protect species, their habitats, and ecosystems from threatening to extinction.[1][2] It combines subjects ranged from sciences to economics and the practice of natural resource management. The name conservation biology was introduced as the title of a meeting held at the University of California in 1978. Both conservation biology and the concept of biodiversity influence conservation policy.[3][4][5][6]


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  2. Soule ME; Soule, Michael E. (1986). "What is Conservation Biology?". BioScience (American Institute of Biological Sciences) 35 (11): 727–34. doi:10.2307/1310054 . 
  3. Soule, Michael E. (1986). Conservation Biology: The Science of Scarcity and Diversity (hardcover ed.). Sinauer Associates. pp. 584. ISBN 0878937951 . 
  4. Hunter, Malcolm L. (1996). Fundamentals of conservation biology. Oxford: Blackwell Science. ISBN 0-86542-371-7 . 
  5. Meffe, Gary K.; Martha J. Groom (2006). Principles of conservation biology (3rd ed.). Sunderland, Mass: Sinauer Associates. ISBN 0-87893-518-5 . 
  6. van Dyke, Fred (2008). Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications (2nd hardcover ed.). Springer Verlag. pp. 478. ISBN 978-1-4020-6890-4 .