Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific: An Environmental History

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - History - 398 pages
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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. Part of ABC-CLIO's Nature and Human Societies series, this book maps out the key trends in the region's environmental history, charting the creation of the Australian continent from the ancient land mass of Gondwanaland to the arrival of humans.

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.

 

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Contents

THE WIDE BROWN LAND
1
THE BROAD BLUE OCEAN
27
THE TRAGIC RINGBARKED FORESTS AUSTRALIA 17881900
63
BROAD BUSY BULLDOZED ACRES AUSTRALIA 19012001
99
AND MAR THE LOVELINESS OF AGES NEW ZEALAND AND THE PACIFIC TO 2001
135
CONTEMPORARY CONCERNS
181
CASE STUDIES
215
DOCUMENTS
249
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
301
A TO Z
319
TIME LINE
361
INDEX
375
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Don Garden is associate professor in the Department of History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

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