Australian Rainforests

Author: Paul Adam

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198548720

Category: Science

Page: 308

View: 4266

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: 3163

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


ISBN: 0643097619

Category: Nature

Page: 200

View: 5817

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


ISBN: 064310786X

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 9718

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 rainforests

Author: Densey Clyne,Jim Frazier

Publisher: New Holland Pub Pty Ltd


Category: Nature

Page: 96

View: 4756

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


ISBN: 1486301800

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 9755

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 Tropical Rainforests

Science, Values, Meaning

Author: Leonard J. Webb

Publisher: International Specialized Book Service Incorporated

ISBN: 9780643050556

Category: Nature

Page: 185

View: 3662

Based on contributions to a symposium at the 57th ANZAAS congress in 1987, this book describes and interprets the evolution, biology and dynamics of Australia's northern rainforests from scientific, humanistic and eco-political viewpoints. Includes references and an index.

Visions of a rainforest

a year in Australia's tropical rainforest

Author: Stanley Breeden,William T. Cooper

Publisher: Ten Speed Pr


Category: Nature

Page: 197

View: 5235

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

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: 2246

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.

Old Fields

Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland

Author: Richard J. Hobbs

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610910989

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 5794

Land abandonment is increasing as human influence on the globe intensifies and various ecological, social, and economic factors conspire to force the cessation of agriculture and other forms of land management. The “old fields” that result from abandonment have been the subject of much study, yet few attempts have been made to examine the larger questions raised by old field dynamics. Old Fields brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and current work on old fields, providing an up-to-date perspective on the ecological dynamics of abandoned land. The book gives readers a broad understanding of why agricultural land is abandoned, the factors that determine the ecological recovery of old fields, and how this understanding contributes to theoretical and applied ecology. Twelve case studies from diverse geographical and climatic areas—including Australian rainforest, Brazilian Amazonia, New Jersey piedmont, and South African renosterveld—offer a global perspective on the causes and results of land abandonment. Concluding chapters consider the similarities and differences among the case studies, examine them in the context of ecological concepts, and discuss their relevance to the growing field of restoration ecology. Old Fields is the first book to draw together studies on old fields from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It represents an important contribution to the development of theory on old field dynamics and the practice of ecological restoration on abandoned farmland, and the broader implications of old field dynamics to ecology and restoration.

Nature-based Tourism in Peripheral Areas

Development Or Disaster?

Author: Colin Michael Hall,Stephen W. Boyd

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 9781845410001

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 281

View: 9253

Nature-based Tourism in Peripheral Areas provides a comprehensive examination of this form of tourism development as it occurs within alpine, forest, sub-polar, island, coastal and marine environments. This book goes beyond much of the debate surrounding ecotourism and the impacts of tourism in vulnerable environments to place nature-based tourism in a wider regional context, particularly when for many peripheral regions tourism remains one of the key opportunities for economic development. Therefore, a central theme that is present throughout many of the chapters is the role that nature-based tourism can play as the catalyst for larger regional development of regions. The book will serve as essential reading to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in tourism and related degrees where the major focus is on tourism that occurs within peripheral regions. It will also serve as a key reference to researchers and professionals interested in the role of tourism as a regional development tool.

The Rainforest legacy

Australian National Rainforests Study. Volume 1. The nature, distribution and status of rainforest types

Author: Australian Heritage Commission

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780644061636

Category: Nature

Page: 344

View: 4541

How Landscapes Change

Human Disturbance and Ecosystem Fragmentation in the Americas

Author: Gay A. Bradshaw,Pablo Marquet

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540436973

Category: Science

Page: 362

View: 2312

North and South America share similar human and ecological histories and, increasingly, economic and social linkages. As such, issues of ecosystem functions and disruptions form a common thread among these cultures. This volume synthesizes the perspectives of several disciplines, such as ecology, anthropology, economy, and conservation biology. The chief goal is to gain an understanding of how human and ecological processes interact to affect ecosystem functions and species in the Americas. Throughout the text the emphasis is placed on habitat fragmentation. At the same time, the book provides an overview of current theory, methods, and approaches used in the analysis of ecosystem disruptions and fragmentation.