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The Hawkesbury river : a social and natural history

Author: Paul I Boon
Publisher: Clayton, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A definitive account of the natural history of the Hawkesbury River and the pivotal role it has played in history. The Hawkesbury River is the longest coastal river in New South Wales. A vital source of water and food, it has a long Aboriginal history and was critical for the survival of the early British colony at Sydney. The Hawkesbury's weathered shores, cliffs and fertile plains have inspired generations of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Boon, Paul I.
Hawkesbury river : a social and natural history.
Clayton, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing, ©2017
xx, 564 pages
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul I Boon
ISBN: 9780643107601 0643107606
OCLC Number: 962481057
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover ; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Conversions; Prologue --
the best hidden river in the world; 1 Geography --
physical and human; How to tackle this chapter; The Hawkesbury-Nepean River system; Where does the Hawkesbury start and end?; The Sydney Basin; The main-stem; The tributaries; Islands; Riverside townships; 2 Geology --
a skeleton of sandstone; Formation and stratigraphy of the Sydney Basin; Geological strata and the different soils they produced; Hawkesbury Sandstone; Geological evolution of the Hawkesbury; 3 How the Hawkesbury came to be an estuary; Estuaries and tides. What type of estuary is the Hawkesbury?Rising sea levels and the formation of the modern Hawkesbury; The importance of freshwater flows; 4 Hydrology --
floods, droughts and river regulation; Climate of the Hawkesbury region; Floods and droughts; Why is the Hawkesbury so flood-prone?; How is flood risk managed?; River regulation and water extraction; 5 The vexed matter of water quality; What is water quality?; Nutrients and sewage-treatment plants; Algal blooms: their origins and consequences; Toxicants; 6 Biota --
plants, animals and mythical creatures; Mangroves; Saltmarshes. Brackish-water swamps and marshesFreshwater wetlands; Seagrasses; Terrestrial vegetation of the catchment; Oysters; Fish and recreational angling; Mythical aquatic creatures; 7 Jewels in the crown --
the protected areas; A long-admired river; Different types of protected areas; Protected areas of the Hawkesbury catchment; Why have protected areas?; 8 An Aboriginal river; Aboriginal life on the Hawkesbury before British colonisation; Impacts of the first humans on the Hawkesbury and its catchment; 9 European discovery and early exploration; 1770: James Cook and Broken Bay. 1788: the establishment of the British colony in New South WalesThe first expeditions; Further exploration and mapping; 10 European occupation and exploitation; Early colonial occupation; Surveying the catchment; The Aboriginal cost; The spread of European-style agriculture; The built legacy of European occupation; European impacts on the Hawkesbury and its catchment; 11 Barrier I --
road and ferry crossings; A formidable barrier to transport; Colonial road access to and from the Hawkesbury; Crossing the lower Hawkesbury: Pacific Highway and Peats Ferry Bridge. Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and M3 bridgeCrossing the upper Hawkesbury: Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Road Bridge and Bridge Street Bridge; Crossing the tributaries and other historical titbits; Crossings other than bridges: vehicular ferries; GUILTY, Death, aged 30: the remarkable life of Solomon Wiseman; 12 Barrier II --
railway crossings; The 1889 Brooklyn railway bridge; The 1946 replacement bridge; A railway line to the west: the Richmond-Kurrajong line; One peculiar type of barrier; 13 Conduit --
boats and shipping; Why was shipping so important?; Early shipping and ship-building.
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