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Kakadu & Nitmiluk: A Guide to the Rocks, Landforms, Plants, Animals, Aboriginal Culture, and Human ImpactArtist/Author: Hoatson, Dean et al
Kakadu and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks are unique in Australia in terms of their diversity of geological, cultural and biological values. Both parks are renowned for sandstone plateaus with spectacular gorges and escarpments, and contain some of the oldest and finest collections of Aboriginal rock art in the world. The parks support a remarkable abundance and variety of plants and animals, many of them rare or not found anywhere else. Kakadu is also famous for its extensive wetlands and is one of the few World Heritage areas listed for both its natural and cultural values.
This guidebook has been written by experts from the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, Northern Territory Geological Survey, Environment Australia, Parks Australia, and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Written for the non-specialist, the guidebook provides a concise and authoritative account of the rocks, landforms, plants, animals, Aboriginal culture and exploration history of the Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. There is also information on places to visit, walking trails, camping facilities, commercial tours and helpful hints on getting the most from your visit.
The Coral Triangle: Saving the Amazing Undersea World of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Solomon Islands & Timor LesteArtist/Author: Kassem, Ken
Published in association with WWF-Malaysia, this important book describes the uniqueness of the Coral Triangle region’s marine biodiversity, its conservation importance and the stories, successes and struggles of the drive to maintain its rich biodiversity. The book gives a big-picture overview of threats and solutions and up-close and personal experiences from the ground and the people affected by conservation. The stories come from the work that WWF-Malaysia and USAID Coral Triangle Support Partnership are carrying out in the region.
Chapters cover the rich habitats of the Coral Triangle and the endangered species, as well as an in-depth survey of each of the countries of the area. As the earth’s single greatest repository of marine life, the Coral Triangle is also a great draw for SCUBA divers. For each of the countries covered, top dive sites are listed.
Guide to the Wildlife of Perth and the South WestArtist/Author: Nevill, Simon, et al
This (reissued) much-respected and encyclopaedic guide, first published in 2014, is indispensable to anyone with an interest in the wide variety of fauna and flora to be found in the south west of Australia. The area bounded by the Margaret River region in the far south west of Western Australia, Lancelin to the north of Perth, Esperance on the mid-south coast and the inland township of Southern Cross is home to a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife, both plants and animals.
The expert authors of this book have included a broad selection of the wildlife most likely to be encountered by those living in and travelling though the region. The selection includes many representatives of the animal kingdom from small insects to the largest marsupials, and also an impressive selection of the most beloved wildflowers. Over 1200 photographs provide easy identification and every species is given a brief description together with essential details.
The book also includes a section on how to unobtrusively observe wildlife plus a comprehensive 30-plus page review of the best places to observe wildlife, including all the significant National and Conservation Parks in the region.
The Long Spring: Tracking the Arrival of Spring through EuropeArtist/Author: Rose, Laurence
Exploring the wildlife, places, traditions, culture and personalities associated with spring throughout Europe, and introducing readers to cultural, scientific and historical research and his recollections of 30 years of continental travel, Laurence Rose paints a vivid picture of one of the world’s most significant and beautiful natural phenomena: spring.
Laurence begins his journey in the first week of February, arriving in southern Spain with the storks that herald the beginning of Europe’s spring on San Blas Day. Swallows, cranes and, later on, wild swans are his constant companions as he journeys his way north through Spain, France and the UK, eventually crossing over to Sweden, Finland and Norway before finally reaching the Arctic Circle four months later.
While on the road, Laurence follows live data from satellites tracking birds as well as other indicators of spring. Throughout his travels, he meets people living closely with nature. He also encounters new behaviours, such as cranes wintering in France, and explores how they link to climate change.
The further north he travels, the more unpredictable the events of spring become. At the end of his journey, Laurence reflects on what he has learned, as the long Arctic days stretch out into 24 hours of daylight.
Australian Geographic Guide to the Red CentreArtist/Author: O'Brien, Katrina
This new series of photographic souvenir guides to some of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic places. The 64-page large format book is full of vibrant photography, accompanied by a concise but fascinating commentary by some of Australia’s most experienced travel writers. One of the first two books in the series, the Australian Geographic Book of the Red Centre is an indispensable reminder and souvenir for both international and Australian visitors to this very special place.
Includes sections on geography, wildlife and culture, Alice Springs, the MacDonnell ranges, the Devil’s Marbles, Hermannsberg and Palm Valley, the Red Centre Way, Watarrka (King’s Canyon), Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta, and Rainbow Valley.
Australian Geographic Guide to the KimberleyArtist/Author: O'Brien, Katrina
A new series of photographic souvenir guides to some of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic places.
This beautiful photographic guide will be an indispensable reminder and souvenir to both local and overseas tourists of their amazing trip to Australia’s iconic The Kimberley. Photos taken from Australian Geographic’s extensive photography archives with contributions from other leading Australian photographers
The 64-page large format book is full of vibrant photography, accompanied by a concise but fascinating commentary by some of Australia’s most experienced travel writers. One of the first two books in the series, the Australian Geographic Book of the Kimberley is an indispensable reminder and souvenir for both international and Australian visitors to this very special place. Armchair travellers and children will pick it up time and again to whet their appetites and perhaps to plan their own visits.
Includes sections on geography, wildlife and culture, Kununurra and Lake Argyle, El Questro, Purnululu (Bungle Bungles), Gibb River Road, Mitchell River, the Dampier Peninsula and Broome.
Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.Artist/Author: Kennedy, Adam Scott and Vicki Kennedy.
Spectacularly illustrated by 146 colour photographs, this book is a remarkable look at the mammals and reptiles most likely to be encountered in the famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Accessible text coupled with an easy-to-use format, makes this detailed photographic guide a must for all visitors to the region. Details 71 species of mammal and 18 reptiles and illustrates male and female variations. Useful “Top Tips” – shared by local Tanzanian guides that work in the region – provide visitors with insights into behavioural habits and how to locate specific animals. Filled with vivid anecdotes, this book will enable any safari traveller to identify the area’s wildlife with ease.
The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery GuideArtist/Author: Czechura, Greg.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Its unique environment supports an astonishing and almost unequalled biodiversity, from microscopic plankton to whales. The human history of the Reef is no less intriguing. Indigenous Australians have known the Reef for millennia and their Dreaming stories offer tantalising glimpses of a truly ancient world. Europeans first encountered the Reef some 500 years ago, but have only recently begun to understand its almost unimaginable complexity.
The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide weaves these equally vibrant strands of natural and cultural heritage into a single narrative that leads the reader on their own voyage of discovery through one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Lavishly illustrated with over 1,300 beautiful full colour images, this comprehensive publication covers the history of the reef and looks at its biological, ecological, cultural and historical significance. Showcases the wide variety of animals to be found on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Ludwig Leichhardt: lost in the outback.Artist/Author: Finger, Hans Wilhelm.
On 14 February 1842 Ludwig Leichhardt arrived in Sydney, Australia. His aim was to explore inland Australia and he was hopeful of a government appointment in his fields of interest. In 1848 Leichhardt and his companions vanished during his second attempt at crossing Australia from east to west. No trace of his expedition has been found. Nine separate extensive but unsuccessful searches were conducted over the next century. With no evidence whatsoever of Leichhardt’s fate, his disappearance created heroic mythology and resulted in a number of poems and novels (in German also), including Nobel Prize winner Patrick White’s Voss of 1957. Leichhardt left extensive and well-regarded records and publications about his travels. This is a sensitive and detailed account drawing on Leichhardt’s letters, journals, log books and personal diaries and covers his early years in Europe and his incredibly broad university education.
Captain Cook: master of the seas.Artist/Author: McLynn, Frank.
Foremost among the great explorers of the eighteenth century was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy. In this authentic, engrossing biography, McLynn reveals how Cook’s life was one of both great struggle and great success. Here McLynn re-creates the voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the outer reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, Cook, who began his career as a deckhand, transcended his humble beginnings and triumphed through good fortune, courage, and talent. Also available in paperback [stock id 34534].
Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History ExpeditionsArtist/Author: Rice, Tony, editor.
Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerising visual record of ten of the most significant natural history expeditions.
Superb artworks and photographs spanning three centuries document advances and watersheds in the field of natural science. The stories behind these images – of explorers, naturalists, artists and photographers – entwine into a fascinating study of human achievement and natural wonder.
Among the many stories of adventure and great scientific endeavour are James Cook’s perilous Pacific crossings and Darwin’s historic voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
Hand-picked from the vast Library of the Natural History Museum, London, the illustrations and artworks contained here form a rare collection, most of which are exclusively presented in this stunning book.
The storm leopard.Artist/Author: Murray, Martyn.
This is an account of the author’s journey from the Cape to the Serengeti Plains and his search for an answer to the Old Timer, a Kenyan who foretold the end of the wild. Martyn decided on one more trip, but this time without an agenda, without a timetable and without preconceptions: with no purpose other than to know, to feel and to understand. The book is filled with insights of African elephants and antelope, and with portraits of a natural world inhabited by Bushmen, game wardens and scientists. Running through it is an outspoken and highly ethical regard for humankind’s relationship with nature. From his first contact with Bushman rock art in the Western Cape, the author is drawn into a spiritual journey as he grapples with the quandary of balancing our lifestyles with protecting the environment. His travelling companion, Stu, a fellow scientist and arch cynic, is nettled by this lack of rationality. Marooned together in their 4×4, the friction, humour and hardship of their journey carry the reader across the continent from one adventure to another, to the final revelation atop an isolated kopje in the heart of the Serengeti Plains.