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The pure state of nature : sacred cows, destructive myths and the environment

Author: David Horton
Publisher: St. Leonards, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2000.
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This text offers an alternative account of the history of the Australian environment and the lessons to be learned for conservation in the next millennium. Spanning 50,000 years, it explores the myths that abound in scientific and popular writing, and the theories about the place of humans in the ecology of this vast landmass. In particular, the author demolishes the widely accepted orthodoxy about the use of fire  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Horton, David, 1945-
Pure state of nature.
St. Leonards, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2000
(DLC) 2001339516
(OCoLC)44894115
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Horton
ISBN: 1741154081 9781741154085
OCLC Number: 56349428
Notes: "The fate of Australia's environment."
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 192 pages)
Contents: Cover; Preliminaries; Foreword; Contents; Acknowledgements; 1. 'Paved with good intentions': Theories on Aborigines and their enviroment; 2. 'An unchanging people in an unchanging land': archaeology and the past; 3. 'A slow strangulation of the mind?': Eating fish is wrong; 4. 'A people so inclined': To farm or not to farm; 5. 'Opened up a landscape': Firestick farming and the control burners; 6. 'The extinction of such pachyderms': The great megafauna debate; 7. 'Most enlightened conservationists'; 8. Convict's Dilemma; 9. Ghosts; 10. Theses nailed to the door; Notes; Index.
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