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The Hawkesbury river : a social and natural history / Paul I Boon
Bib ID 7283654
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Boon, Paul I., author
 
Description Clayton South VIC : CSIRO Publishing, 2017 
©2017 
xx, 564 pages : illustrations (some colour), colour maps ; 26 cm 
ISBN 9780643107595 (hardback)
Summary

A definitive account of the natural history of the Hawkesbury River and the pivotal role it has played in history. The Hawkesbury River is the longest coastal river in New South Wales. A vital source of water and food, it has a long Aboriginal history and was critical for the survival of the early British colony at Sydney. The Hawkesbury’s weathered shores, cliffs and fertile plains have inspired generations of artists. It is surrounded by an unparalleled mosaic of national parks, including the second-oldest national park in Australia, Ku-ring-gai National Park. Although it lies only 35 km north of Sydney, to many today the Hawkesbury is a ‘hidden river’ – its historical and natural significance not understood or appreciated.

Full contents
  • Prologue: the best hidden river in the world
  • 1. Geography – Physical and human
  • 2. Geology – A skeleton of sandstone
  • 3. How the Hawkesbury came to be an estuary
  • 4. Hydrology – Floods, droughts and river regulation
  • 5. The vexed matter of water quality
  • 6. Biota – Plants, animals and mythical creatures
  • 7. Jewels in the crown – The protected areas
  • 8. An Aboriginal river
  • 9. European discovery and early exploration
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 511-543) and index.

Subjects Ecology -- New South Wales -- Hawkesbury River Region.  |  Hawkesbury River (N.S.W.) -- History.  |  Hawkesbury River (N.S.W.) -- Social conditions.  |  Australian

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