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World of Water wildlife guide: Christmas Island.Artist/Author: Coleman, Neville.
A comprehensive marine life guide to Christmas Island including colour photographs, basic identification features of all major groups of marine life and visitor information.
An Introduction to Marine LifeArtist/Author: Wilson, Robin et al.
For many people, the first experience of marine environments is amazement at the bewildering variety of life in the oceans. Sea anemones and corals, sea stars and sea urchins, octopuses and squids are just a few marine creatures that we never encounter on land or in freshwater. Many other creatures are even less familiar, and it is often difficult for those interested in marine life to learn more about them. The aim of this introductory book is to introduce the diversity of life in the seas and to help newcomers to marine biology recognise the main kinds of marine organisms. The examples selected, focus on Victoria and southern Australia. The emphasis is on animals and plants that are commonly seen by divers, snorkellers, beachcombers, rock poolingers, and by anyone with an interest in marine life.
Australian Wildlife: RoadkillArtist/Author: Zell, Len.
A Wild Discovery Guide. This the essential ‘in-car’ book for any road traveller in Australia. With about one million kilometres of road, anyone travelling them is, sadly, very likely to see or cause roadkill – certainly of the millions of small bugs that will be hit. This book provides an overview of the types of roadkill, hints on what to do with them, how to clean bugs off the car and an eclectic mix of other information – from road safety to recipes. In addition the book gives an unusual insight into the many aspects of Australia’s very special fauna, albeit in a somewhat macabre way. More than 200 photographs of roadkill all some identification and an excellent guide on how to avoid and observe roadkill and who to send interesting specimens to.
Roadkill was shortlisted for the Whitley Award for significant contribution to Australian zoology.
Tasmania: A Natural HistoryArtist/Author: Davis, William E.
OUT OF PRINT. This is the first book on the general natural history of Tasmania in nearly a century. It is intended to provide an overview of the natural history of Tasmania, one of the most fascinating and pristine regions of the world with a suite of endemic plants and animals.
Terra Australis Incognita: the Spanish quest for the mysterious Great South Land.Artist/Author: Estensen, Miriam.
A new perspective on the intriguing story of the discovery of Torres Strait in 1606 and the search for the Great South Land., In October 1606, the great Spanish navigator Luis B ez de Torres took two vessels through the waters that divide the land masses of New Guinea and Australia. In a journey of great adventure, courage and hardship, he was the first European to sail through today’s Torres Strait and very possibly the first European to sight the east coast of Australia.Terra Australis Incognita focuses new light on the Spanish voyages of discovery that sailed from South America into the unknown south western Pacific in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Crossing the planet’s largest ocean in small wooden ships with rudimentary navigation, these Spanish conquistadors were in search of the legendary Great South Land first imagined by the ancient Greeks.This is a story of passionate beliefs, of high hopes and catastrophic failures, of attempted colonies that ended in death and disaster, of violent confrontations and tentative friendship with indigenous people, of a fierce clash of cultures, and relentless ambition in search of the gold of King Solomon’s Ophir., It is also the story of the visionary adventurer Quir s who planned a New Jerusalem in today’s Vanuatu, the ruthless woman governor Dona Isabel, the Solomon Islander chief Bilebanarra who was a friend of the Spaniards and, of course, the great leader of men Luis B ez de Torres.Terra Australis Incognita is a thoroughly researched, lucidly written and unique narrative on the little known history of the great Spanish explorations of the Pacific Ocean.
Wild Australia: A Guide to the Places, Plants and Animals.Artist/Author: Edgar, Graham, Robert Edgar and Allan Edgar
CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. This book helps identify the plants and animals of Australia. It covers a broad range of animals and plants, from insects to mammals and from seaweeds to shrubs and trees, and spectacular national parks from around the continent.
Cronin’s key guide to Australian wildlife.Artist/Author: Cronin, Leonard.
An introduction to identifying Australian plants and animals from the coral reefs to the rainforests, eucalypt woodlands and deserts.
Rainforest Animals: Rare, Threatened and Significant WildlifeArtist/Author: Cohen, Martin and Julia Cooper.
Australia’s tropical rainforests contain more plants and animals than any other area in the country – many of which live nowhere else. People from all over the world, and within Australia, visit this natural wonderland to glimpse its secretive animals. As a result, Dr Martin Cohen and Julia Cooper – experts in the region’s wildlife – have written Rainforest Animals, an informative book about Australia’s tropics. Featuring their stunning photography, this book presents fascinating information on many of the rainforest’s rare, threatened and significant animals.
Rainforest Animals introduces you to Australia’s magnificent and ancient tropical rainforests – recognised as one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The history and importance of Australia’s tropical rainforest, as well as the huge plant and animal diversity, is outlined in the introduction. The book also provides some basic ecological information about many of the secretive animals that inhabit this world such as the Southern Cassowary, the Musky Rat Kangaroo, Tree Kangaroos and Tiger Quolls. Many of the animals featured in the book are rare or threatened or are considered significant to Australia’s tropical rainforests.
Continent of Curiosities: journey through Australian Natural HistoryArtist/Author: Clode, Danielle.
Collecting curiosities was a gentlemanly occupation for wealthy and educated 18th-century Europeans. Few creatures aroused more curiosity than those from Australia. But collections demand organisation, and classification itself reveals patterns to life that cannot be ignored. From a leisurely occupation, the science of biology was born. Cabinets de curiosites became national museums, with specimens from Australia playing an integral role in all kinds of biological debates. Australian museums now foster their own research and continue to provide major and sometimes unexpected perspectives to international scientific developments. Continent of curiosities follows the thread of individual natural history stories through the scientists of one of Australia’s oldest museums, Museum Victoria. Together, these stories weave a history of the development of biological science from an Australian perspective, with insights into the people and places that influence the way we see and understand the natural world around us.
Australia A Biography: The Beginnings From the Cosmos to the Genesis of Gondwana, and its Rivers, Forests, Flora, Fauna and FecundityArtist/Author: Rolls, Eric.
OUT OF PRINT. An exciting story of natural events and scientific discovery, this book takes us from the infinity of creation to the details of Australia’s land, plants and animals.
Burnum Burnum’s WildTHINGSArtist/Author: Sainty, G.R. et al.
Completely revised this genuine pocket-sized field guide contains over 1,000 photographs of WILDthings. Contains a wide range of plants and animals PLUS Aboriginal Legends.
Over 30,000 copies of the first edition sold. This revised edition is a must for visitors or locals who want a quick reference to a wide range of the common, and occasionally rare, plants and animals.
Bush Seasons: An Affectionate Study of a Tiny BushlandArtist/Author: Semmens, Joan.
Joan Semmens tells of the changing seasons as seen in a small area of bushland.
At its most convincing level, this book shows in awesome detail just what it is that we stand to lose when we fail to vigorously protect and conserve even relatively small areas of the little natural landscape that remains of Australia’s once-vast bush and woodlands. At another level, it represents the author’s passion and dedication to the environment in general — and her abiding affection for this particular piece of it. She spent over 15 years of her life studying the plants and creatures in this scrap of remnant vegetation and illustrated them with detailed drawings and enchanting, delicate watercolours. At its most modest level, this beautiful book is a month-by-month record of the yearly cycle of interdependent plant and animal life found in a tiny, 45-hectare woodland nature reserve in north-eastern Victoria, presenting an intricate picture of its complex and delicate biodiversity.