Why do Australian rainforests occur as islands within the vast tracts of Eucalyptus? Why is fire a critical ecological factor in every Australian landscape? What were the consequences of the use of fire by the Ice Age colonists? In this original and challenging book, David Bowman critically examines all hypotheses that have been advanced to answer these questions. He demonstrates that fire is the most critical factor in controlling the distribution of rainforest throughout Australia. Furthermore, while Aboriginal people used fire to skillfully manage and preserve habitats, he concludes that they did not significantly influence the evolution of Australia's unique flora and fauna. This volume, the first comprehensive overview of the diverse literature on this topic, solves the puzzle of the archipelago of rainforest habitats in Australia. It is essential reading for all ecologists, foresters, conservation biologists, and others interested in the biogeography and ecology of Australian rainforests.
Stuck inside on a rainy day, just like Noah and the animals on the ark? Don't despair - keep the wild animals from stamping and roaring about the house with 25 crafts designed to brighten up your day! Each one is explained in just a few steps and only needs simple materials to get started. A Noah's Ark theme runs throughout the crafts - so there are plenty of animal based projects, and ideas for looking after the world we live in.
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