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Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 (Fourth Edition)Artist/Author: Broome, Richard
A powerful history of black-white encounters in Australia since colonisation, this fully updated edition remains the only concise survey of Aboriginal history since 1788.
In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern. Since its first edition in 1982, Broome’s Aboriginal Australians has won acclaim as a classic account of race relations in Australia. This fully rewritten fourth edition continues the story, covering the uneven implementation of native title, the plight of remote Aboriginal communities, the ‘Intervention’ and the landmark apology to the ‘stolen generations’ by Federal Parliament.
Bush Heritage Australia: Restoring Nature Step by StepArtist/Author: Martin, Sarah
With a plan to own or manage one per cent of Australia by 2025, Bush Heritage Australia is an organisation with big ambitions.
Started by Bob Brown in 1991, Bush Heritage was born from an urgent mission: to protect pristine land from logging. After buying two blocks of land in Tasmania’s Liffey Valley, Brown built a philanthropic organisation to help pay for them. As donations flowed in and the organisation grew, Bush Heritage set its sights on acquiring tracts of land across the country, repairing environmental degradation and bringing native plants and wildlife back to health.
Twenty-five years later, with more than one million hectares in its care, Bush Heritage’s achievements are celebrated in this book along with its growth from humble beginnings into a large non-profit with benefactors all over the world. Central to this story are the ecologists, researchers, land managers, local Indigenous groups, staff, donors and a brigade of volunteers who have helped the organisation to thrive.
Finding Resilience: Change and Uncertainty in Nature and SocietyArtist/Author: Walker, Brian
An analysis of how ecosystems, societies and people cope with disturbance and adversity.
Floods, fires, famines, epidemics and disasters of all kinds are on the increase, and as their frequency rises so does the call for greater resilience. But what does that mean? The word is used differently in psychology, ecology, economics and engineering and runs the risk of becoming meaningless jargon. This would be most unfortunate because, if we are to successfully navigate very real and dangerous global trends, it is resilience that needs to be understood and fostered.
Finding Resilience is international in scope and unravels how ecosystems, societies and people cope with disturbance and adversity. An authoritative but plain English account which is based on the experiences of researchers, the fascinating stories from around the world reveal what resilience is, how it works in different kinds of systems, how it is expressed, and how it can be gained and lost.
Capturing Nature: Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857–1893Artist/Author: Finney, Vanessa
The groundbreaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed for the first time.
In the mid-nineteenth century, scientists around the world were quick to see photography’s huge potential for capturing fleeting moments of life, death and discovery. At the Australian Museum, curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes began to experiment with the revolutionary new art form, preparing and staging their specimens — from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils — and documenting them in thousands of arresting images.
Capturing Nature reveals these groundbreaking photographs for the first time, along with the Australian Museum’s urgent quest to become more scientific in its practices.
The Shank : A Rutter for Anchorages in Tasmania’s SouthwestArtist/Author: Johnston, Ian
The Southwest wilderness region of Tasmania is remote, strange and lashed by the savage weather of the roaring forties, but it is also one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in the world.
In the past Rutters, were the primary store of geographic information for maritime navigation – a Mariner’s handbook of written sailing directions before the advent of nautical charts. Although The Shank primarily documents the anchorages which can be accessed while sailing the coastline, it also captures the beauty of the rugged south and west coasts and includes superb aerial photography.
Wildlife of AustraliaArtist/Author: Pickrell, John
For first-time visitors here, Australia’s wildlife – from the platypus and the thorny devil to the cassowary and the koala – seems almost indescribably exotic. This is not only true for its plants and animals but also for its landscapes and environments. The unusual fauna, unusual environments, unusual climate, and the vast size of Australia – spanning tropical rainforest and savannah woodlands in the north, through deserts, beaches and gum forests to cool alpine meadows and snowy mountaintops in Tasmania – have all combined to create and incredible diversity of species, which mark Australia out as one of the world’s ‘megadiverse’ nations – those that occupy a total of less than 10 per cent of the world’s surface area, yet together hold more than three quarters of its species. Join Australian Geographic as we take you on a pictorial journey of our fascinating world of wildlife.
Worlds of Natural HistoryArtist/Author: Curry, Helen Anne, Nicholas Jardine, James A Secord, Emma C Spary (Editors)
From Aztec accounts of hibernating hummingbirds to contemporary television spectaculars, human encounters with nature have long sparked wonder, curiosity and delight. Written by leading scholars, this richly illustrated volume offers a lively introduction to the history of natural history, from the sixteenth century to the present day. Covering an extraordinary range of topics, from curiosity cabinets and travelling menageries to modern seed banks and radio-tracked wildlife, Worlds of Natural History draws together the work of historians of science, of environment and of art, museum curators and literary scholars. The essays are framed by an introduction charting recent trends in the field and an epilogue outlining the prospects for the future. Accessible to newcomers and established specialists alike, Worlds of Natural History provides a much-needed perspective on current discussions of biodiversity and an enticing overview of an increasingly vital aspect of human history.
Fire Effects on Soil PropertiesArtist/Author: Pereira, Paulo, Jorge Mataix-Solera, Xavier Úbeda, Guillermo Rein, Artemi Cerdà (Editors)
Brings together research on the effects of fire on the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil.
Wildland fires are occurring more frequently and affecting more of Earth’s surface than ever before. These fires affect the properties of soils and the processes by which they form, but the nature of these impacts has not been well understood. Given that healthy soil is necessary to sustain biodiversity, ecosystems and agriculture, the impact of fire on soil is a vital field of research.
Fire Effects on Soil Properties brings together current research on the effects of fire on the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil. Written by over 60 international experts in the field, it includes examples from fire-prone areas across the world, dealing with ash, meso and macrofauna, smouldering fires, recurrent fires and management of fire-affected soils. It also describes current best practice methodologies for research and monitoring of fire effects and new methodologies for future research. This is the first time information on this topic has been presented in a single volume and the book will be an important reference for students, practitioners, managers and academics interested in the effects of fire on ecosystems, including soil scientists, geologists, forestry researchers and environmentalists.
The Great Barrier Reef: Biology, Environment and Management (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Hutchings, Pat, Michael Kingsford, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Editors)
Describes the animals, plants and other organisms of the reef, and the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them.
The iconic and beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
With contributions from international experts, this timely and fully updated second edition of The Great Barrier Reef describes the animals, plants and other organisms of the reef, as well as the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them. It contains new chapters on shelf slopes and fisheries and addresses pressing issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and disease, and invasive species.
The Great Barrier Reef is a must-read for the interested reef tourist, student, researcher and environmental manager. While it has an Australian focus, it can equally be used as a reference text for most Indo-Pacific coral reefs.
Between the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology of Southeastern AustraliaArtist/Author: Frankel, David
This book explores the Indigenous archaeology of Victoria, focusing on areas south and east of the Murray River. Frankel considers the nature of archaeological evidence and what archaeology reveals about the Indigenous society.
An Extraordinary Land: Discoveries and Mysteries from Wild New ZealandArtist/Author: Hayden, Peter (Author), Rod Morris (Photography)
New Zealand is an extraordinary land. It has been called ‘the closest thing to life on another planet’ and ‘a planetary lifeboat’. The main reason behind this land’s uniqueness is that the islands have remained an isolated outpost for life in the midst of the ocean. this isolation has been a huge advantage. It has turned New Zealand into a wild laboratory where evolution could conduct experiments that led to weird and wonderful outcomes. And this uniqueness has also made New Zealand a magnet for scientists from around the world; yet many locals have no idea what’s so special about their environment. These stories will present new Zealand’s wildlife as never before. It will solve some mysteries and explode some myths with the help of those at the front line of science and conservation.
The World’s Heritage: The Definitive Guide to all 1073 World Heritage Sites (Fifth Edition)Artist/Author: UNESCO
Bestselling guide to all 1,073 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Fully updated to include the latest sites added to the World Heritage List in July 2017. The List is managed by the World Heritage Committee and each site is judged under strict criteria – only the world’s most spectacular and extraordinary sites make it on to the List. UNESCO World Heritage sites include some of the most famous places in the world, such as the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan, the legendary Acropolis in Athens, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, in Peru.
26 sites were added to the List by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in July 2017. These included the first sites inscribed for Eritrea (Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa) and Angola (Mbanza Kongo, Vestiges of the Capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo). Other sites included The English Lake District (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Los Alerces National Park (Argentina), Aphrodisias (Turkey), and extensions to 5 existing sites.
• Descriptions of all 1073 UNESCO World Heritage sites
• Location map for every site
• Over 750 colour photographs
The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. In 1972 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. Since then, 1073 sites in 167 State Parties have been inscribed onto the list, 832 of which are cultural, 206 natural and 35 mixed properties.