Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific: An Environmental by Donald S. Garden PDF

By Donald S. Garden

ISBN-10: 157607868X

ISBN-13: 9781576078686

Of curiosity to scholars and lecturers alike, this publication presents a much-needed synthesis of the hot literature at the environmental historical past of Australia and Oceania. Charting the production of the Australian continent from the traditional land mass of Gondwanaland to the coming of people, this publication maps out the main traits within the region's environmental history.

Especially interesting are the chapters highlighting how successive waves of human migration created environmental havoc through the area, resulting in the cave in of the Easter Island civilization and the unfold of nonindigenous wildlife. From the controversies over the explanations why creatures similar to the marsupial lion and the enormous kangaroo grew to become extinct to such modern difficulties as deforestation and worldwide warming, this publication includes sobering classes for us all.

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One of the best examples of this phenomenon is found in the North Island of New Zealand where the line of the Pacific Plate sliding underneath the Indo-Australian Plate can be traced north to south through White Island in the Bay of Plenty, the thermal areas around Rotorua and Lake Taupo, the three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park (Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Tongariro), and Mount Taranaki on the west coast. The extent of ancient volcanic activity in New Zealand is also illustrated by the remnant peaks of fifty or so volcanoes in the Auckland area (Hicks and Campbell 2003).

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