Nature/Wildlife

This section has both field guides and philosophical writings, as well as coffee table picture books.

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The Hidden Life of TreesCover Image, Jellyfish

Peter Wohlleben
Black Inc.
ISBN 9781863958738    
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families- tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After you have read The Hidden Life of Trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.


Jellyfish: A Natural History

Coiver Image, Jellyfish

Lisa-ann Gershwin
Ivy Press
ISBN 9781782403227
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 39.99
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Jellyfish are mysterious creatures, luminously beautiful with remarkably varied life cycles. These simple, ancient animals are found in every ocean at every depth, and have lived on Earth for at least the last 500 million years. Ominously, they are also increasing in number as they adapt well to marine environmental degradation. Jellyfish is a timely title that looks at their anatomy, life history, taxonomy and ecology, and includes species profiles featuring stunning marine photography that will have you scanning the depths with renewed interest.


The Book of LeavesCover Image, Book of Leaves

Allen J. Coombes
Ivy Press
ISBN 9781782403302
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 60.00
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The Book of Leaves offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world. Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size in full-colour photographs taken on a light box and is accompanied by details of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which it's found, as well as brief scientific and historical accounts. From the familiar friends of our backyards to the giants of the deep woods, the Book of Leaves brings the forest to life - and to our living rooms - as never before.


Where Song BeganCover Image, Where Song Began

Tim Low
Viking
ISBN 9780670077960
Trade Paperback 2014
Price $AU 32.99
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Compared with birds elsewhere, Australia's are more likely to be intelligent, aggressive and loud, to live in complex societies, and to be large and long-lived. They're also ecologically more powerful, exerting more influences on forests than other birds. It was thought in Darwin's time that species generated in the Southern Hemisphere could not succeed in the Northern, an idea that was proven wrong in respect of birds in the 1980s but not properly accepted by the world's scientists until 2004 - because, says Tim Low, most ornithologists live in the Northern Hemisphere. Tim Low brilliantly explains how story of Australia's birds is inseparable from the story of Australia itself. This is a work that goes far beyond the birds themselves to explore the relationships between Australia's birds and its people, and the ways in which scientific prejudice have hindered our understanding.


Cave: Nature and CultureCover Image, Cave

Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher
Reaktion Books
ISBN 9781780234311
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 29.99
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This book investigates the natural and cultural history of caves and considers the roles they have played in the human imagination and experience of the natural world. It explores the long history of the human fascination with caves, across countries and continents, examining their dual role as spaces of both wonder and fear. In Cave we encounter the adventurers and 'cave hunters' who pioneered the science of caves, and the explorers and cave divers still searching for new, unnavigated routes deep into the earth. This book explores the lure of the subterranean world by examining caving and cave tourism and by looking to the mythology, literature and art of caves.This lavishly illustrated book will appeal to general readers and experts alike interested in the ecology and use of caves, or the extraordinary artistic responses earth's dark recesses have evoked over the centuries.


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