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Author Webb, Leonard J., editor

Title Australian tropical rainforests : science - values -meaning / editors: L.J. Webb and J. Kikkawa
Published East Melbourne, Vic. : CSIRO Australia, [1990]


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 MELB  333.750994 Kik/Atr  AVAILABLE
Description ix, 185 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Series Susan Crooke Memorial Collection
Susan Crooke Memorial Collection
Contents Introduction / L.J. Webb -- The depths of time -- 1. Australian rainforests: the 100 million year record / E.M. Truswell -- 2. Directions and rates of rainforest processes / D. Walker -- 3. People and the rainforest: an archaeological perspective / N. Horsfall and J. Hall -- 4. Disturbance - the forest transformer / M.S. Hopkins -- 5. Vertebrates and successions / F. H. Crome -- Natural processes -- 6. Specialisation in the tropical rainforest / J. Kikkawa -- 7. The biological web - plant/animal interactions in the rainforest / R.E. Jones and F.H. Crome -- 8. Plant/insect interactions - food webs and breeding systems / D. Sands and S. House -- 9. Forest-floor decomposers / K.P. Plowman -- 10. Essential nutrient cycles / R.A. Congdon and D. Lamb -- Values and meaning -- 11. Beyond the forest / L.J. Webb -- 12. Values and uses: seeing the forest through different eyes / J. Davidson -- 13. Scientific objectivity and values / I. Lowe -- 14. Conserving wild nature: purpose and ethics / D.A. Ratcliffe / 15. Rainforest as metaphor: the search for public ethics in the Australian wet tropics / J.R. Engel -- 16. Comment on science, value and meaning / J. Wright -- Future perspectives -- 17. Thoughts on an agenda for scientific research / G.N. Harrington and D. Cassells -- 18. The political agenda / B.W. Davis -- 19. Nature's rights / M. Charlesworth
Summary North Queensland's rainforests occupy the only part of mainland Australia that has persisted continuously as wet tropics for about the last 65 million years (since the Cretaceous period), when the continent was a portion of the supercontinent Gondwana. Because many primitive families of the world's flowering plants occur as relicts, these forests have immense scientific importance as an exceptional habitat for many unique plant and animal species still living there. This book provides a description and interpretation of the evolution, biology and dynamics of Australia's northern rainforests not only from a scientific viewpoint but also from the more humanistic eyes of those interested in philosophy, ethics and ecopolitics
Analysis Australia
Tropical rain forests
Notes "This book is based on contributions to a two-day symposium at the 57th ANZAAS Congress, Townsville, 24-28 August 1987 ..."
Bibliography Includes index and bibliographical references
Subject Rain forests -- Australia.
Environmental protection -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Congresses.
Rain forest ecology -- Australia -- Queensland -- Congresses.
Rain forest ecology -- Australia.
Rain forest ecology.
Rain forests -- Australia -- Queensland -- Congresses.
Rain forests -- Australia.
Rain forests -- Australia -- Queensland.
Rain forests.
Trees -- Australia.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Kikkawa, Jiro.
Webb, Leonard J.
ANZAAS (Association). Congress (57th : 1987 : James Cook University of North Queensland)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)
LC no. 90203548
ISBN 0643050558