In this Very Short Introduction, Kenneth Morgan provides a wide-ranging thematic introduction to modern Australia, examining the main features of its history, geography and culture since the beginning of European settlement in New South Wales in 1788. It highlights the distinctive features of Australian life by placing contemporary developments in historical perspective, by paying attention to Australia's indigenous culture, and by making connections between Australia and the wider world.
The tropical north of Australia covers almost half of the countrys total land area, is occupied by no more than about 5% of the total population, and yet has been estimated to account for close to 70% of the countrys potential freshwater resources. The region experiences strong climatic variability, both spatially and seasonally, with large areas subject to long dry periods interspersed by short periods of torrential rain. This book presents an overview of the freshwater resources of a region that has undergone a period of intense development (agricultural, industrial and social) over recent decades and for which is predicted a continuing period of development into the future. The author describes how the availability of surface, groundwater and stored freshwater, in terms of both quantity and quality, will continue to be the major factor influencing such development. It will also highlight how the emphasis on ensuring year-round water supply has, in recent decades, shifted to one of management to ensure sustainability of this vital resource and maintenance of the ecological health of what is known to be a fragile ecosystem. This book draws on the authors 25+ years of experience as a professional biologist living and working (as a teacher/researcher) in the tropical north of Australia, a region which in light of strengthening trade and other links between Australia and its neighbouring south-east Asian countries, is likely to become of increasing international significance in the future.
Australia is a large island in the South Pacific Ocean. It's neighbours are the thousands of islands of Oceania.
Have you ever wanted to cook like Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray, but you don't know how to use a frying pan? Or you have that special someone coming over and you want to have a romantic dinner for two, but the only thing you know to make is grilled cheese? Well, in the pages of this book, I will take you on a journey back to mama's kitchen, such a simpler time, where everything was made from scratch--from chicken fried steak to fried chicken and gravy.
Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking this beautiful poetry collection takes a poignant look at what it is like to live on a farm in Australia.
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