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Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific: An Environmental Historyby Donald S. Garden
Synopses & Reviews
Of interest to students and academics alike, this book provides a much-needed synthesis of the recent literature on the environmental history of Australia and Oceania. Charting the creation of the Australian continent from the ancient land mass of Gondwanaland to the arrival of humans, this book maps out the key trends in the region's environmental history.
Especially fascinating are the chapters highlighting how successive waves of human migration created environmental havoc throughout the region, leading to the collapse of the Easter Island civilization and the spread of nonindigenous flora and fauna. From the controversies over the reasons why creatures such as the marsupial lion and the giant kangaroo became extinct to such contemporary problems as deforestation and global warming, this book contains sobering lessons for us all.
Book News Annotation:
For students of environmental history and for general readers high-school age and older, this reference focuses on the region between Asia and the Americas, detailing how the diverse natural environment has intertwined with human migration and habitation over time. In his introduction Garden (history and philosophy of science, U. of Melbourne) carefully defines the geographical and cultural dimensions of the region. Following are chapters devoted, respectively, to the land, sea, and forests; Australia and New Zealand between 1901-2001; contemporary concerns; and case studies of Rapa Nui, Hawai'i, and Queensland. The book includes documents, a timeline, a bibliographic essay, and a section composed of brief encyclopedic entries describing various places not treated elsewhere in the book and discussing issues such as global warming and nuclear testing.
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Â·A chronology covers key phenomena and events in the region's environmental history from before the dinosaurs to the present day
Â·Includes an annotated bibliography detailing the major works on the history of the region's environment
A fascinating study of the environmental history of Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the Pacific, from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day.
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