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Title Desert channels : the impulse to conserve / edited by Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Mandy Martin
Published Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2010

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Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  333.73 Rob/Dct  AVAILABLE
 W'BOOL  333.73 Rob/Dct  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 330 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles, portraits ; 21 x 27 cm + 1 CD-ROM
4 3/4 in
Contents Pt. 1. Place: 1. Arriving in the Desert Channels country / Chris Dickman -- 2. Alice Duncan-Kemp (Pinningarra) and the history of the frontier / Tom Griffiths -- 3. Connecting with our land / Karen Emmott -- 4. Pituri country / Mike Letnic and Luke Keogh -- Interlude I. Landscape studies 2007: environmental projects and the impulse to conserve / Mandy Martin -- Pt. 2. Landscape: 5. The story of our land revealed through plants / Glenda Wardle -- 6. Mystery and marvel: the invertebrate animal world / Steve Morton -- 7. Channel country rivers: the pulse of life / Julian Reid -- 8. Artesian springs / Rod Fensham -- Interlude II. Landscape studies 2008: aesthetic evaluation as an environmental tool / Mandy Martin -- Pt. 3. Biodiversity: 9. Mammals and birds: life on the move / Chris Dickman and Max Tischler -- 10. Reptiles, amphibians and fish: going with the flow / Chris Dickman and Mike Letnic -- 11. Dragons, diprotodons, dinosaurs and dust: 150 years of Desert Channels prehistory / Scott Hocknull and Alex Cook -- 12. Creating a herbarium for Cravens Peak / Max Bourke -- Interlude III. Landscape studies 2009: painting in place / Mandy Martin -- Pt. 4: Livelihood: 13. Conserving desert Australian livelihoods / Mark Stafford Smith -- 14. The forum is a campfire, the river is a story / Luke Keogh -- 15. Production lands, philanthropy and biodiversity / Guy Fitzhardige -- 16. Conservation science: here and beyond -- Interlude IV. Listening to the land: Encounter documentary of zebra finches at Ocean Bore (CD at back of book) / Richard Nelson and Steve Morton
Summary This book is the centrepiece of a project that combines book, art exhibitions and web-based educational materials exploring the distinctive Desert Channels country in south-western Queensland. The region is the main source of all the desert rivers in arid Australia, and its rivers drain into Lake Eyre. The region includes the Channel Country and adjacent Simpson Desert and extends north-east of Longreach to include Mound Springs country. Conservation here is portrayed in four dimensions: place, landscape, biodiversity and livelihood. These four parts each carry four chapters. The '4x4' structure was conceived by acclaimed artist, Mandy Martin, who has produced suites of artworks over three seasons in this format with commentaries, which make the interludes between parts. Martin's work offers an aesthetic framework of place, which shapes how we see the region. Explores the impulse to protect the varied biodiversity of the region, and its Aboriginal, pastoral and prehistoric heritage, including some of Australia's most important dinosaur sites. The work of Alice Duncan-Kemp, the region's most significant literary figure, is highlighted. Even the sounds of the landscape are not forgotten: the book includes a CD by Alaskan radio journalist Richard Nelson talking to ecologist Steve Morton at Ocean Bore in the Simpson Desert country. The twitter of zebra finches accompanies the interview
Analysis Aboriginal culture
Arid regions
Australian painting
Biodiversity
History
Natural resource management
Natural resources
Queensland
Water resources
Wildlife
Notes CD-ROM in pocket inside back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-320) and index
Notes Also available via the World Wide Web
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Subject Desert Channels Queensland
Conservation of natural resources -- Australia -- Queensland, Southwest
Conservation of natural resources -- Queensland, Southwest
Conservation of natural resources -- Queensland, Southwestern
Natural resources management areas -- Australia -- Queensland, Southwest
Natural resources management areas -- Queensland, Southwest
Natural resources management areas -- Queensland, Southwestern
Watershed management -- Australia -- Queensland, Southwest
Watershed management -- Queensland, Southwest
Watershed management -- Queensland, Southwestern
Desert Channels Region (Qld.)
Genre/Form Sound recordings.
Author Dickman, C. R. (Chris R.)
Martin, Mandy, 1952-
Robin, Libby, 1956-
CSIRO Publishing.
LC no. 2012405650
ISBN 064309749X (hbk.)
9780643097490 (hbk.)
Other Titles Encounters with zebra finches