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The Study Area History What has history to do with the ecology of an animal species? My opinion, shared more and more in recent years by ecologists who are witness to the rapid habitat changes taking place today, is that it has a great deal to do with the understanding of animal/habitat relationships. There are very few habitats in Africa which have not been modified by the presence of man; whether by fire, by settlement, or by agriculture and husbandry. Many of the vegetation associations are secondary, and the animal populations are in a state of flux with the disturbed primary components.
11). ; and representing a tardy protest at the Rwenzoris' uplift. As explosion craters, formed by the expulsion of gas and steam, no lava flow is associated with them, but their formation was accompanied by a vast belching of volcanic ash and dust, which settled over the whole area as a rich, alkaline volcanic tuff. Such craters are considered by volcanologists to usually precede volcanic activity proper, but this second phase has yet to take place, and perhaps it never will. But the area is by no means volcanically inert, and in 1898 when the explorers Grogan and Sharp travelled along the east shore of Lake Edward, at its southern end near to the Ntungwe River, they noted several geysers, shooting "vast jets of steam into the air" (Grogan and Sharp, 1900).
Fig. 11. Map of the north-east part of the Rwenzori Park, showing the Crater Highlands. 32 The Uganda Waterbuck Climate Rainfall in the Park ranges from 1200 mm per year to less than 800 mm; the central area lying in a rain shadow which probably results from interference with circulation patterns by the Rwenzoris to the north, and the Kichwamba escarpment to the south-east (Fig. 12). Thus the 10-year average for 1954-1963, for the Mweya Peninsula, showed a rainfall of only 669-5 m m P e r year.
A Territorial Antelope: the Uganda Waterbuck by C. A. Spinage