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The Greening Of Gondwana

Author : Mary White
ISBN : 0864178956
Genre : History
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This book tells the story of Australia's floral heritage, from its genesis through to the last stages of evolution, and the changes that have come due to the arrival of the white man with crops of exotic plants. The author traces the evolution of plants from the earliest times when all life was confined to the water and the land was barren to the emergence of the first land-plants about 400 million years ago which transformed the world into a green and vibrant place, crowned with flowers.
Category: History

History Of The Australian Vegetation

Author : Robert S. Hill
ISBN : 9781925261479
Genre : Science
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The Australian vegetation is the end result of a remarkable history of climate change, latitudinal change, continental isolation, soil evolution, interaction with an evolving fauna, fire and most recently human impact. This book presents a detailed synopsis of the critical events that led to the evolution of the unique Australian flora and the wide variety of vegetational types contained within it. The first part of the book details the past continental relationships of Australia, its palaeoclimate, fauna and the evolution of its landforms since the rise to dominance of the angiosperms at the beginning of the Cretaceous period. A detailed summary of the palaeobotanical record is then presented. The palynological record gives an overview of the vegetation and the distribution of important taxa within it, while the complementary macrofossil record is used to trace the evolution of critical taxa. This book will interest graduate students and researchers interested in the evolution of the flora of this fascinating continent.
Category: Science

The Geology Of Australia

Author : Robert Henderson
ISBN : 9781316692493
Genre : Science
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This book documents the rich and spectacular heritage of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years. Now in its third edition, The Geology of Australia provides a comprehensive overview of Australia's geology, landscapes and Earth resources. Beginning with the Precambrian rocks that hold clues to the origins of life and the development of an oxygenated atmosphere, it goes on to cover the warm seas, volcanism and episodes of mountain building that formed the eastern third of the Australian continent. This illuminating history details the breakup of the supercontinents Rodinia and Gondwana, the times of previous glaciations, the development of climates and landscapes in modern Australia, and the creation of the continental shelves and coastlines. This third edition features two new chapters on geological time and Paleozoic orogenic rock systems and mountain building, and new and updated illustrations and full-colour images.
Category: Science

An Atlas Of The World S Conifers

Author : Aljos Farjon
ISBN : 9789004211810
Genre : Science
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An Atlas of the World’s Conifers is the first ever atlas of all known conifer species. It is a comprehensive work describing the natural distribution, biogeography, diversity and conservation status of the conifers on all continents.
Category: Science

The Geology Of Australia

Author : David Johnson
ISBN : 9780521767415
Genre : Science
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This book provides a vivid account of the evolution of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years.
Category: Science

Running Down

Author : Mary E. White
ISBN : 0731809041
Genre : Nature
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With one of the oldest landscapes anywhere on Earth, and some of the most ancient drainage patters, our concept of what comprises a river system in Australia is different from the accepted European concept. How we manage Australia's precious water resources will determine the future prospects of our nation.
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Learning From Agri Environment Schemes In Australia

Author : Dean Ansell
ISBN : 9781760460167
Genre : Nature
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Learning from agri-environment schemes in Australia is a book about the birds and the beef — more specifically it is about the billions of dollars that governments pay farmers around the world each year to protect and restore biodiversity. After more than two decades of these schemes in Australia, what have we learnt? Are we getting the most out of these investments, and how should we do things differently in the future? Involving contributions from ecologists, economists, social scientists, restoration practitioners and policymakers, this book provides short, engaging chapters that cover a wide spectrum of environmental, agricultural and social issues involved in agri-environment schemes.
Category: Nature

Not For Greens

Author : Ian Plimer
ISBN : 1925138194
Genre : Climatic changes
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The processes required to make a humble stainless steel teaspoon are remarkably complicated and every stage involves risk, coal, energy, capital, international trade and finance. Stainless steel cutlery has taken thousands of years of experimentation and knowledge to evolve and the end result is that we can eat without killing ourselves with bacteria. We are in the best times to have ever lived on planet Earth and the future will only be better. All this we take for granted. Greens may have started as genuine environmentalists. Much of the green movement has now morphed into an unelected extremist political pressure group accountable to no one. Greens create problems, many of which are concocted, and provide no solutions because of a lack of basic knowledge. This book examines green policies in the light of established knowledge and shows that they are unrealistic. Policies by greens adopted by supine governments have resulted in rising costs, increased taxes, political instability, energy poverty, decreased longevity and environmental degradation and they don't achieve their ideological aims. Wind, solar and biomass energy emit more carbon dioxide than they save and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions does nothing to change climate and only empties the pocket. No stainless steel teaspoon could be made using green "alternative energy." This book argues that unless the greens live sustainably in caves in the forest and use no trappings of the modern world, then they should be regarded as hypocrites and treated with the disdain they deserve.
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As The River Runs

Author : Stephen Scourfield
ISBN : 174258490X
Genre : Fiction
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In the Kimberley region of Australia, water is plentiful, but in the city, it is precious and political. Government minister Michael Money has cooked up a secret plan to bring water from the monsoonal north of Australia to the south, but he needs to find out what opposition he might face around the river valley. He sends his chief of staff Kate Kennedy - young, focused, and well-versed in power play - and political fixer Jack Cole on a 'fact-finding' trip. Ex-greenie Dylan Ward is their guide; well-regarded by both the mining industry and Aboriginal elder Vincent Yimi. Dylan is unaware that he has been compromised until their journey takes some unexpected turns. As they travel through the wild river country, Kate begins to see Dylan in a new light. When she changes sides to be with Dylan and safeguard a precious and sensitive area that she has so quickly come to love, her political edge comes into play. As the River Runs is a powerful ode to one of Australia's most stunning regions. The story is written by Stephen Scourfield, who knows the landscape intimately and writes with red dust in his veins. The book is hopeful for change, both in people and in government policy, and is highly relevant, covering issues such as: water shortages, the environment, resourcing remote communities, solar power, politics, Aboriginal culture, mining, etc. [As the River Runs is a loose sequel to Scourfield's previous novel, Other Country (ISBN 978 1 74258 503 1), which sold 7,000 copies. Other Country won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award in 2007, was shortlisted in the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was longlisted for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Scourfield is also a recipient of a United Nations Media Award.]
Category: Fiction

Atmospheric Evolution On Inhabited And Lifeless Worlds

Author : David C. Catling
ISBN : 9780521844123
Genre : Science
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A comprehensive and authoritative text on the formation and evolution of planetary atmospheres, for graduate-level students and researchers.
Category: Science