Australian Alps: Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks

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Csiro Publishing, 2015 - 320 Seiten
Australian Alps is a fascinating guide to Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks. It introduces the reader to Australia’s highest mountains, their climate, geology and soils, plants and animals and their human history. It traces the long-running conflicts between successive users of the mountains and explores the difficulties in managing the land for nature conservation. The book gives credit to little-known or understood stories of the people who have worked to establish better understanding of the Alps, especially their vital role as the major water catchments for south-eastern Australia. This new edition updates many themes, including the involvement of Aboriginal people in the region, catchment function and condition, pest plants and animals, fire and the issue of climate change. Written by a specialist with over 25 years’ experience in community education in and about the Australian Alps National Parks, this new edition features many excellent natural history and historical photographs. Ideal as support information for field trips, it will make a wonderful memento of an alpine visit. This book acts as a detailed companion to park interpretive material and to topic-specific field guides: it caters for readers who want a broad overview of areas of interest they will come across in a visit to the mountains.
 

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Chapter 1 Australias Alps the Brindabellas the Snowy Mountains and Victorias High Country
1
Chapter 2 Alpine weather and climate
21
Chapter 3 The shape of the Alps geology landform and soil
35
Chapter 4 Alpine vegetation what grows where?
59
Chapter 5 Alpine animals
87
Chapter 6 Aboriginal life in the Alps
115
Chapter 7 Settlement and land use in the Alps pastoralism
135
Chapter 8 Science in the Alps
161
Chapter 9 Gold mining in the Alps then and now
187
Chapter 10 Source of the rivers alpine water resources
209
Chapter 11 The road to conservation
235
Chapter 12 Visiting the parks
257
Websites
291
Further reading
292
Index
295
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