Clayton South: CSIRO Publishing, (2015. second edition). Octavo, paperback, colour photographs, maps.
This new edition of Deirdre Slattery's book is a fascinating guide to Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks. Through colour photographs and illustrations, this book introduces the reader to Australia’s highest mountains, their climate, geology and soils, plants and animals. It reveals stories of the region's turbulent human history, including European exploration, the gold rushes and more recently the Snowy Mountains Scheme, tourism growth and difficulties in managing the land for nature conservation. The book gives credit to little-known or understood stories of the people who have worked to establish better understanding of the Alps, especially their vital role as the major water catchments for south-eastern Australia. This new edition updates many themes, including the involvement of Aboriginal people in the region, catchment function and condition, pest plants and animals, fire and the issue of climate change. Ideal for field trips, it will make a wonderful memento as well as a great reference for future trips.
Price: $45.00 AU