Australian Rainforests

Author: Paul Adam

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198548720

Category: Science

Page: 308

View: 8504

The story of the Australian rainforests has important lessons for the conservation of rainforests throughout the world. This book gives a general account of these unique areas, covering what they are, where they are, how their present distribution has evolved, and concludes with a historical account of human interaction with the rainforests from late Pleistocene times to the present. It aims to provide a broad framework that will enable new results to be considered in context.

Australian Rainforests

Islands of Green in a Land of Fire

Author: D. M. J. S. Bowman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521465687

Category: Medical

Page: 345

View: 6835

A critical evaluation of the ecological hypotheses proposed to explain the distribution of Australian rainforests.

The Flowering of Australia's Rainforests

A Plant and Pollination Miscellany

Author: Geoff Williams,Paul Adam

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 0643097619

Category: Nature

Page: 200

View: 4986

An overview of the pollination in Australian rainforests, especially subtropical rainforests. It also examines the plant-pollinator relationships found in rainforests worldwide.

Australian Rainforest Fruits

A Field Guide

Author: William Cooper,Wendy Cooper

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 064310786X

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 8811

This beautifully illustrated field guide covers 504 of the most common fruiting plants found in Australia's eastern rainforests, as well as a few species that are rare in the wild but generally well-known. These spectacular plants can be seen from Cape York to Victoria, with some species also found in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and overseas. Rainforest fruits are often beautifully coloured, and in this guide the species are arranged by colour of ripe fruit, then by size and form. Five broad categories – pink to purple, blue to black, yellow and orange to red, green to brown, and white – allow people with even limited botanical knowledge to identify rainforest fruits. Each species description is accompanied by a leaf drawing, a distribution map, and diagnostic characters to help the reader distinguish similar species. Australian Rainforest Fruits includes stunning artwork by Australia’s leading natural history artist, William T Cooper. It will be sought not just by bushwalkers and natural history enthusiasts, but also by those who admire botanical art at its best.

Australian Rainforest Woods

Characteristics, Uses and Identification

Author: Morris Lake

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 1486301819

Category: Science

Page: 216

View: 4831

Australian Rainforest Woods describes 141 of the most significant Australian rainforest trees and their wood. The introductory sections draw the reader into an understanding of the botanical, evolutionary, environmental, historical and international significance of this beautiful but finite Australian resource. The main section examines the species and their wood with photographs, botanical descriptions and a summary of the characteristics of the wood. A section on wood identification includes fundamental information on tree growth and wood structure, as well as images of the basic characteristics. With more than 900 colour images, this is the most comprehensive guide ever written on Australian rainforest woods, both for the amateur and the professional wood enthusiast. It is the first time that macrophotographs of the wood have been shown in association with a physical description of wood characteristics, which will aid identification. This technique was developed by Jean-Claude Cerre, France, and his macrophotographs are included in the book.

Australian rainforests

Author: Densey Clyne,Jim Frazier

Publisher: New Holland Pub Pty Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 96

View: 3889

To Australians, rainforests of all categories have one obvious thing in common: they are not eucalypt forests! Contrasted with the eucalypt forest, the rainforest appears quite foreign and exotic, with dense green foliage, an unsurpassed richness of plant and animal life, stunning vignettes of moss, ferns, and fungi among gnarled and twisted roots. The softness underfoot, drifting mist, dim light, and stillness give the rainforest a character all its own. In Australian Rainforests, the Mantis Wildlife Film team take you on a journey into nature's richest garden: lush and precious tropical and sub-tropical rainforests. Spectacular photography exposes the magnificent diversity of the rainforest, from the damp leaf-litter of the forest floor to the panoramic heights of the tree canopy. In between lurk a thousand life forms, each with its own part to play in this delicate habitat. This book will help readers to see and understand more about these precious natural resources.

Australian Rainforest Woods

Characteristics, Uses and Identification

Author: Morris Lake

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 1486301800

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 4628

Australian Rainforest Woods describes 141 of the most significant Australian rainforest trees and their wood. The introductory sections draw the reader into an understanding of the botanical, evolutionary, environmental, historical and international significance of this beautiful but finite Australian resource. The main section examines the species and their wood with photographs, botanical descriptions and a summary of the characteristics of the wood. A section on wood identification includes fundamental information on tree growth and wood structure, as well as images of the basic characteristics. With more than 900 colour images, this is the most comprehensive guide ever written on Australian rainforest woods, both for the amateur and the professional wood enthusiast. It is the first time that macrophotographs of the wood have been shown in association with a physical description of wood characteristics, which will aid identification. This technique was developed by Jean-Claude Cerre, France, and his macrophotographs are included in the book.

Tropical Rainforests

Past, Present, and Future

Author: Eldredge Bermingham,Christopher W. Dick,Craig Moritz

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226044688

Category: Nature

Page: 745

View: 8923

Synthesizing theoretical and empirical analyses of the processes that help shape these unique ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests looks at the effects of evolutionary histories, past climate change, and ecological dynamics on the origin and maintenance of tropical rainforest communities. Featuring recent advances in paleoecology, climatology, geology, molecular systematics, biogeography, and community ecology, the volume also offers insights from those fields into how rainforests will endure the impact of anthropogenic change. With more than sixty contributors, Tropical Rainforests will be of great interest to students and professionals in tropical ecology and conservation.

Stinging Trees and Wait-a-Whiles

Confessions of a Rainforest Biologist

Author: William Laurance

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226468969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

View: 2833

The biologist colorfully relates his experiences in the rainforest with various plant and animal species and his conservation battles with members of the human species.

Life in the Cape York Rainforest

Author: Robert Heinsohn,Michael Cermak

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 0643095012

Category: Nature

Page: 94

View: 2060

The remote, beautiful and poorly known rainforests of Cape York Peninsula tell a special story about Australia’s historic and present-day connections to New Guinea. This book highlights the connections by examining the fascinating biology of some of the most spectacular birds and other animals shared between the two regions. The author recounts his own ground-breaking research on cross-dressing eclectus parrots, musical palm cockatoos and multi-colored pythons, together with the exotic lifestyles of other animals, while painting the bigger picture of the past when Australia and New Guinea were joined by extensive landbridges. Australia’s disconnection from New Guinea is probably only temporary, and even today many bird species continue to fly the short distance between the two landmasses. The book uses the beautiful photographs of Michael Cermak and others to draw the reader in, and lively informative text to describe the remarkable behavior of many of the rainforest creatures, and to emphasize the shallow and transient nature of Torres Strait as a barrier between Cape York and New Guinea. Whether just browsing the beautiful photos and informative captions or reading it in its entirety, this book will provide a useful guide for a greater understanding of the unique attributes of the Cape York rainforests.

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Author: Jeannie Baker

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688063632

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 1769

My father says there has been a forest here for over a hundred million years," Jeannie Baker's young protagonist tells us, and we follow him on a visit to this tropical rain forest in North Queensland, Australia. We walk with him among the ancient trees as he pretends it is a time long ago, when extinct and rare animals lived in the forest and aboriginal children played there. But for how much longer will the forest still be there, he wonders? Jeannie Baker's lifelike collage illustrations take the reader on an extraordinary visual journey to an exotic, primeval wilderness, which like so many others is now being threatened by civilization.

Visions of a rainforest

a year in Australia's tropical rainforest

Author: Stanley Breeden,William T. Cooper

Publisher: Ten Speed Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 197

View: 608

Describes the plants, animals, and insects found in the Australian rain forest

White Beech

The Rainforest Years

Author: Germaine Greer

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408846713

Category: Greer, Germaine

Page: 370

View: 5214

For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans... One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate. She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart's ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches ... and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair. Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed. Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.

Tropical Rainforest Research — Current Issues

Author: D.S. Edwards,W.E. Booth,S.C. Choy

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792340386

Category: Nature

Page: 566

View: 5556

This volume contains 53 of the papers presented at the Conference on Tropical Rainforest Research - Current Issues, which was held in Brunei Darussalam in April 1993. The book provides an overview of current knowledge, particularly with respect to south-east Asia, and is divided into three sections - Biodiversity, Forest Dynamics and Socioeconomics. The Biodiversity section emphasises the vast range of life forms in tropical forests and considers the theory and practice of estimating species richness and spatial distribution, while contributions on Forest Dynamics provide a better understanding of the maintenance of this species richness. With an improved background of ideas on rainforest dynamics and biodiversity, better management and conservation strategies are possible, and some of these are explored in the papers on Socioeconomics. The need to demonstrate the total worth of tropical forests to ensure their conservation is taken up by a number of contributors.