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Deserts & Savannahs in Australia

Author: Rachel Dixon; Jane Hinchey
Publisher: Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. : Redback Publishing, 2018. ©2018
Series: Australian Landscapes
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The immense desert areas of Australia used to be called its 'dead heart'. Today we realise that deserts and savannahs have complex ecosystems, with plants and animals that have adaptations enabling them to survive there and not in any other location. Deserts are now iconic symbols of Australia and are no longer dismissed as useless, empty wastelands. Although colonial explorers found the deserts harsh and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Dixon; Jane Hinchey
ISBN: 9781925630206 192563020X
OCLC Number: 1062385938
Description: 32 pages : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Deserts and Savannahs --
Deserts Around the World --
Australian Aboriginal People of the Deserts and Savannahs --
Early Settlers in the Deserts and Savannahs --
Water in Australia's Deserts --
Deserts and the Australian Economy --
Cattle Industry --
Australian Deserts and Environmental Sustainability --
Plants and Animals in Australia's Deserts --
Australia's Largest Deserts : --
1. Great Victoria Desert ; 2. Great Sandy Desert ; 3. Tanami Desert ; 4. Simpson Desert ; 5. Gibson Desert ; 6. Little Sandy Desert ; 7. Strzelecki Desert ; 8. Sturt Stony Desert ; 9. Tirari Desert ; 10. Pedirka Desert --
Nullarbor Plain --
Glossary, Index.
Series Title: Australian Landscapes
Other Titles: Deserts and Savannahs in Australia
Responsibility: Rachel Dixon ; editor: Jane Hinchey.

Abstract:

The immense desert areas of Australia used to be called its 'dead heart'. Today we realise that deserts and savannahs have complex ecosystems, with plants and animals that have adaptations enabling them to survive there and not in any other location. Deserts are now iconic symbols of Australia and are no longer dismissed as useless, empty wastelands. Although colonial explorers found the deserts harsh and unforgiving, Indigenous Australians learned how to live in the deserts, find water and prosper. Learn about each of Australia's ten largest deserts and also find out why the Nullarbor Plain is different from all of them. Australia is an ancient country, with landscapes that range from snowy alps to red deserts. The plants and animals in Australia's landscapes include rare and unique species, some of which are descendants of the wildlife that flourished on Gondwana, the prehistoric continent that existed long before Australia separated and moved across the globe to its present location. Read about the sustainability issues that affect Australia's natural environments, and what is being done to preserve them for the future. Discover the geography and history of each of Australia's magnificent landscapes, and investigate their importance to the Indigenous Australians who have lived in them for thousands of years.

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