Nature of Australia: A Portrait of the Island Continent - John VandenbeldCollins Australia, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd printing. [First Published: 1988] Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “The earliest explorers of Australia felt themselves to be in an alien world of bizarre animals and strange plants, a land left behind by time. That sense of strangeness pervades the perception of Australia to the present day. Much of its life — and the way it is lived — is unique, but there’s also a new understanding of Australia’s origins and its links with the rest of the natural world.
Based on the acclaimed television series, the book brings together new discoveries and insights into a comprehensive and fascinating account of how the island continent came to be the way it is, the making of its dramatic landscapes, and the origins and evolution of its marvellous plants and animals.
Nature of Australia traces the rise of those most extraordinary mammals, the marsupials, from their beginnings in the primeval forests of the Americas to their triumphant radiation in Australia; it tells the story of the rich and varied seas, from the storm-tossed kelp forests of the south to the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef; it follows the great climatic changes that turned the continent from a lush land of plenty into a parched place of drought and fire which forged ingenious ways of survival; and it reveals the impact of human immigrants on the continent and its creatures: first the Aborigines and their firesticks, then, in the last 200 years, Europeans and their technology.
Accompanied by a wealth of splendid photographs and other illustrations, Nature of Australia is a lucid and engrossing account of the making of Australia and its marvels — an enthralling portrait of the island continent.”