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WHITE, MARY E. - After the Greening  The Browning of Australia

Title: After the Greening The Browning of Australia
Description: Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst NSW, 1997. Quarto; hardcover with gilt spine titling; 288pp., with many colour illustrations and monochrome diagrams. Minor wear; mild wear to lower board edges and corners; one or two spots on upper text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. This is an illustrated botanical and geological history of Australia over the last two hundred million years. In some detail it traces the history of specific plant taxa and geological formations. The author takes a multi-disciplinary approach, though herself a paleobotanist, always keeping the broader historical and ecological context in view. There is a good selection of maps and diagrams, a glossary with informative and well-integrated photography. White surveys the major vegetation types of Australia from the domination of Eucalyptus and Acaciato remnant Gondwanan rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests and coastal heathlands. She also analyses some of the key factors influencing the landscape and vegetation: the flood and drought cycles of El Nino/ENSO, changing fire regimes, salt and salination, and the impact of the Aboriginal people with their 'fire-stick' farming profoundly altering the nature of vegetation over the continent. Not to mention the devastating impact of European settlement.


Price: AUD 154.00 = appr. US$ 106.55 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 72491

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