The Pure State of Nature
Sacred Cows, Destructive Myths and the Environment
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|Format: ||Paperback, 208 pages|
|Published In: ||Australia, 01 March 2000|
This text offers an alternative account of the history of the Australian environment and the lessons to be learned for conservation in the next millennium. Spanning 50,000 years, it explores the myths that abound in scientific and popular writing, and the theories about the place of humans in the ecology of this vast landmass. In particular, the author demolishes the widely accepted orthodoxy about the use of fire by Aborigines and their supposed part in the extinction of the Australian megafauna.
Table of Contents
ForewordAcknowledgments1 'Paved with good intentions': Theories on Aborigines and the environment2 'An unchanging people in an unchanging land': Archaeology and the past3 'A slow strangulation of the mind?': Eating fish is wrong4 'A people so inclined': To farm or not to farm5 'Opened up a landscape': Firestick farming and the control burners6 'The extinction of such pachyderms': The great megafauna debate7 'Most enlightened conservationists'8 Convicts dilemma9 Ghosts10 Theses nailed to the doorNotesIndex
About the Author
Dr. David Horton has had four successful professional careers as, in turn, biologist, archaeologist, publisher and farmer. He has worked in the field for over twenty-five years and has published widely in academic literature.
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