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A natural history of Australia

Author: Tim M Berra
Publisher: San Diego, CA : Academic Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Natural History of Australia takes a comprehensive look at the sometimes bizarre, oftentimes spectacular, and always fascinating natural history of the island continent. It describes in words, illustrations, tables and charts, and with some truly inspiring photographs Australia's geography and geology, its Aboriginal people, the Great Barrier Reef, and its fauna and flora. It also deals with the country's  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Berra, Tim M., 1943-
Natural history of Australia.
San Diego, CA : Academic Press, 1998
(OCoLC)747317773
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim M Berra
ISBN: 0120931559 9780120931552
OCLC Number: 37902348
Description: ix, 304 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: 1. Great South Land --
2. The Gondwana Legacy --
3. The First Australians --
4. A Floral Mosaic: The Plants --
5. Dangerous Waters --
6. Some Interesting Invertebrates --
7. The Freshwater Fishes --
8. Warts, Scales, Frills, and Thorns --
9. Aerial Australians: The Birds --
10. Mostly Marsupials: The Mammals --
App. 1. Political and Social Essentials --
App. 2. Australian Idiomatic Language --
App. 3. Some Facts and Figures for Travelers.
Responsibility: by Tim M. Berra ; with photographs by author.
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This natural history of Australia examines both geological and biological aspects. It covers Aboriginal culture, the Great Barrier Reef, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals,  Read more...

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I urge anyone visiting Australia with a modicum of interest in its plants and animals to buy this book. It is a bargain and a natural history treasure. -Robert C. Cashner, University of New Orleans, Read more...

 
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