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Wildlife of Greater AdelaideArtist/Author: Smith, James I.D.
This book is the result of remarkable people, remarkable organisations and a remarkable community working together to produce a stunning contribution on the wildlife of the state of South Australia. By population, Adelaide is a small city and South Australia a small state. Each of the South Australian scientific institutions lack the individual capacity to undertake the large and complex task of assembling and collating the material for a guide of this type. However, James with his foresight, imagination, drive, determination and ability to create so many working partnerships, solved all the issues in unique ways and has delivered an outstanding product.
Whether digging in the garden, walking the dog, or jogging through a local park, we constantly encounter animals. From the minute and bizarre creatures hidden in the leaf litter, to big, colourful, active mammals and birds, we are surrounded by wildlife. Adelaide and the surrounding Mount Lofty Ranges support a spectacular diversity of fauna, some of which are found nowhere else. However, there is limited benefit in simply encountering this wildlife. If we were able to identify the species, understand their biology and explain their habits to our kids and our visitors alike, how much more rewarding would the experience be? This beautifully illustrated full colour book is a catalogue of the amazing animals with which the region is shared. As a photographic guide it provides descriptions, natural histories and additional information about both native and introduced species. Most importantly, the book equips the reader with the identification skills to explore, understand and appreciate the wildlife of the region.
Australia’s Kimberley Coast: It’s Landscapes, Biodiversity and Human HistoryArtist/Author: Scott, Alexander (Sandy)
Australia’s Kimberley Coast provides a consolidated account of landforms, biodiversity and human history for this remote scenic region of Western Australia. Sandy has written this well researched book in easy to understand language supported by many maps and tables making use of many research papers, other informed document sources and over 200 quality, full
colour images. The opening chapters provide broad introductions to the principal geologic and climatic conditions governing land forming processes; the factors influencing the diversity of a wide variety of organisms both on the land and in aquatic environments; as well as features of the multiple Aboriginal clans that have lived in the region and subsequent visitors including European explorers, Macassans, pearlers, missionaries and European land settlers. The eight chapters that follow have interesting descriptions of over sixty sites Sandy has visited during his multiple annual visits over the past twenty years between the Lacepede Islands and the Berkeley River.
This is an informative reference book on the little-known coastline of north western Australia that reflects the pristine charm and makeup of its diverse landforms and biota; explains some of the features of the main indigenous coastal clans; and relates stories of past foreign visitors to the coast.
World’s Most EndangeredArtist/Author: McCallum, Sophie
A new book that highlights the plight of critically endangered species, as classified by the WWF and IUCN. It focuses on 25 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, presenting each account in an interesting and informative way, with colour photographs and a fact panel giving key information.Animals covered include famous species such as South China Tiger, Mountain Gorilla, Pangolin, Leatherback Turtle and California Condor, together with lesser-known animals in peril, such as the Lemur Leaf Frog, Geometric Tortoise and Red Wolf. Each written account provides insight into the lives of these species, including details of their behaviour and habitat, the threats they face and the conservation efforts being made to ensure their survival. Existing books on endangered species tend to either concentrate on one animal, or are heavily academic, or are focused directly at children. This title, which is a handy size, gives an entertaining and engaging take on the subject, and is ideal for either reading right the way through or just dipping into one chapter at a time. It makes the perfect read for anyone with an interest in the natural world.
Austral Ark: The State of Wildlife in Australia and New ZealandArtist/Author: Stow, Adam(Editor), Norman MacLean (Editor), Gregory I Holwell (Editor)
Australia and New Zealand are home to a remarkable and unique assemblage of flora and fauna. Sadly though, by virtue of their long isolation, and a naïve and vulnerable biota, both countries have suffered substantial losses to biodiversity since European contact. Bringing together the contributions of leading conservation biologists, Austral Ark presents the special features and historical context of Austral biota, and explains what is being conserved and why. The threatening processes occurring worldwide are discussed, along with the unique conservation problems faced at regional level. At the same time, the book highlights many examples of conservation success resulting from the innovative solutions that have been developed to safeguard native species and habitats in both New Zealand and Australia. Austral Ark fills an important gap regarding wildlife gains and declines, and how best to take conservation forward to keep this extraordinary area of the world thriving.
Rainforest: A Photographic JourneyArtist/Author: Marent, Thomas
Rainforests are the most complex, productive, dynamic and diverse places on Earth. In this stunning volume these largely unexplored ecosystems are revealed through the spectacular photography of Thomas Marent, a self-taught photographer who has dedicated half his life to capturing images of rainforest life.
Over 16 years in the making, Marent has travelled across 5 continents and dedicated half his life to capturing the astonishing variety and fascinating behaviour of rainforest life – from flesh-eating army ants and poisonous frogs to the vast colonies of technicolour butterflies that flutter high in the canopy.
Follow Marent’s journey through the pictures and discover the personal stories behind these exceptional photographs.
Alpine Australia: A Celebration of the Australian AlpsArtist/Author: Lewis, Craig, Chris Munn
This book portrays the stunning high country region unique to the Alpine areas of New South Wales and Victoria – the areas which are often snow covered for a number of months each winter. This superbly photographed coffee table pictorial brings this magnificent region to a wider audience, allowing readers to become immersed in the beauty which alpine Australia offers by way of awe-inspiring images, many in panoramic format.
In New South Wales readers will be transported to the country’s highest peaks running along the spine of the Great Dividing Range and the stark beauty of the Kosciuszko Main Range, while in Victoria the state’s loftiest peaks are captured in magnificent detail, from the remote Mt Bogong to the winter playgrounds of Mt Buller and Mt Hotham.
Featuring over 150 stunning images, Alpine Australia – A celebration of the Australian Alps is sure to appeal to all those who have an affinity with Australia’s snow- covered peaks and will entice those who have yet to discover the beauty of this truly amazing region.
Lake Eyre Basin Rivers: Environmental, Social and Economic ImportanceArtist/Author: Kingsford, Richard (Editor)
Outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverse range of perspectives.
Water is scarce in the Lake Eyre Basin in the heart of Australia. The region goes through natural cycles of boom and bust, and the flooding of the basin rivers is accompanied by spectacular responses from wildlife and vegetation. However, the Lake Eyre Basin faces the threat of diversion of water from rivers and wetlands and development of floodplains for irrigation and mining. Around the world, such water resource developments have caused widespread degradation of rivers and loss of habitats.
Lake Eyre Basin Rivers outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverse range of perspectives, including science, tourism, economy, engineering, policy, Traditional Owners and pastoralists. It describes the current state of the environment and the past and ongoing threats to the river systems, drawing on stories from the Murray-Darling Basin. It also provides direction for ensuring that the rivers remain free-flowing to service the environment and future generations.
This book is a valuable reference for environment and government agencies, industries and policy-makers concerned with the region and will be of interest to the communities of the Lake Eyre Basin.
Burning Planet: The Story of Fire Through TimeArtist/Author: Scott, Andrew C.
Raging wildfires have devastated vast areas of California and Australia in recent years, and predictions are that we will see more of the same in coming years, as a result of climate change. But this is nothing new. Since the dawn of life on land, large-scale fires have played their part in shaping life on Earth.
Andrew Scott tells the whole story of fire’s impact on our planet’s atmosphere, climate, vegetation, ecology, and the evolution of plant and animal life. It has caused mass extinctions, and it has propelled the spread of flowering plants.
The exciting evidence we can now draw on has been preserved in fossilized charcoal, found in rocks hundreds of millions of years old, from all over the world. These reveal incredibly fine details of prehistoric plants, and tell us about climates from deep in earth’s history. They also give us insight into how early hominids and humans tamed fire and used it.
Looking at the impact of wildfires in our own time, Scott also looks forward to how we might better manage them in future, as climate change has an increasing effect on our world.
Animal Behavior (Eleventh Edition)Artist/Author: Rubenstein, Dustin R., John Alcock
A comparative and integrative overview of how and why animals as diverse as insects and humans behave the way that they do, linking behaviors to the brain, genes, and hormones, as well as to the surrounding ecological and social environments.
New to This Edition: New lead author, Dustin Rubenstein, widely known for his research and teaching accomplishments, is an integrative behavioral and evolutionary ecologist who studies the evolution of complex animal societies, and how organisms adapt to and cope with environmental change. A renewed focus on integration that links the evolution of behavior to neural, genetic, and physiological mechanisms A return to its classic organizational structure, with proximate mechanisms introduced before an extended discussion of the ultimate factors underlying behavior, integrating both throughout. Introduction of cutting-edge neuro and genomic research approaches, all while maintaining a focus on the theoretical aspects of the field in an explicit hypothesis testing framework. Building on the foundation of previous editions, new pedagogical features designed to engage students and aid instructors, including Integrative Approaches, Exploring Behavior by Interpreting Data, Darwinian Puzzles, and Hypotheses Tables QR codes provide students rapid access to actual audio clips of birdsongs, and high definition video clips of animal behaviors. Updated and revised artwork that features more color, a more consistent palette for figures, crisper photographs, and error bars on figures
Restoring Farm Woodlands for WildlifeArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Damian Michael, Mason Crane, Daniel Florance, Emma Burns
Featuring best practice approaches to restoration based on 19 years of long-term research.
Millions of hectares of temperate woodland and billions of trees have been cleared from Australia’s agricultural landscapes. This has allowed land to be developed for cropping and grazing livestock but has also had significant environmental impacts, including erosion, salinity and loss of native plant and animal species.
Restoring Farm Woodlands for Wildlife focuses on why restoration is important and describes best practice approaches to restore farm woodlands for birds, mammals and reptiles. Based on 19 years of long-term research in temperate agricultural south-eastern Australia, this book addresses practical questions such as what, where and how much to plant, ways to manage plantings and how plantings change over time. It will be a key reference for farmers, natural resource management professionals and policy-makers concerned with revegetation and conservation.
Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space RaceArtist/Author: Escher, David J, Brian MayThe story of the lunar landing and the events that led up to it, told in text and visually stunning 3-D images.
July 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s epochal lunar landing, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon. This visually rich book offers a new perspective on that historic accomplishment, telling the story of the lunar landing and the events that led up to it with text and 3-D images. A 3D viewer, designed by astrophysicist (and lead guitarist with the rock group Queen) Brian May is included with the book.Mission Moon 3-D offers unique access to the Apollo astronauts and what they saw. It tells the story of the US-Soviet space race, from Sputnik and the space dog Laika to Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that America would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong guided the Eagle to a safe landing on the edge of the moon’s Sea of Tranquility. President Richard Nixon told the astronauts, and the nation, that it was “the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation.” Mission Moon 3-D recounts all this and more in memorable and visually stunning fashion.
Extreme EarthArtist/Author: Martin, Michael
Michael Martin’s Extreme Earth represents an extraordinary achievement in exploration and photography. One of the world’s leading documentary photographers, Martin has devoted many years to this vast project, which surveys the four climate zones where extremes of temperature and drought prevail: the Arctic, the deserts of the northern hemisphere, the deserts of the southern hemisphere and the Antarctic.
Over thirty-five journeys, he has ridden his motorbike across the Sahara, the Namib and the Atacama deserts, traversed the ice of Greenland and Spitsbergen by dog sledge, flown by helicopter to the South Pole and the pristine expanses of Antarctica and reached the North Pole on skis. Martin immerses readers in the grandeur of these landscapes and the culture of the peoples who inhabit them.
His high standards of exploration and reporting are reflected not only in his photography, but also in the book’s scientifically exact maps and its texts, written by experts in a wide variety of fields. With Martin’s photography and insightful corresponding text, Extreme Earth is a stunning, comprehensive resource for the vast deserts of the earth.