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Bridging Wallace's Line : the environmental and cultural history and dynamics of the SE-Asian-Australian region / Peter Kershaw ... [et al.], (editors)
Bib ID 175991
Format BookBook
Description Reiskirchen, Germany : Catena, c2002 
360 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 3923381476
Series

Advances in geoecology ; 34.

Summary

"Bridging Wallaces Line reviews and assembles recent research on aspects of the environmental and cultural history and dynamics of Southeast Asia and Australia. It incorporates a different approach to Wallaces Line by focusing on geographical continuities rather than differences. Taking the view that a seam can be approached from either side, Wallaces Line symbolises a conceptual unification of regional variation into matters of global interest. These themes are cemented by the exclusion of that component which emphasizes difference across the Line and other nearby biogeographic demarcations, the fauna. Bridging Wallaces Line contains three Sections. The first provides contextual information for later contributions focused on the Quaternary. It includes essential background reviews on geology and plant biogeography, and also on the climate dynamics of the Maritime Continent, an area of increasing importance in understanding global climate change. The second Section presents new research on Quaternary environmental change in the Southeast Asia-Pacific region. Pollen records offer evidence of transformations in vegetation patterning in relation to climate change, sea level fluctuations, biomass burning and the effects of mountain glaciers. These environmental dynamics provide a framework for the colonisation and adaptation of Homo erectus and H. sapiens across the region, explored in Section three. This volume challenges long-held assumptions of essential difference across the Southeast Asia-Australia divide, bridging Wallaces Line for a fuller exploration of regional dynamics with global implications." -- BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Preface. Bridging Wallace's Line: bringing home the antipodes / Bruno David, Peter Kershaw and Nigel Tapper
  • Climate, climatic variability and atmospheric circulation patterns in the maritime continent region / Nigel Tapper
  • Tectonic history of the SE Asian-Australian region / Ian Metcalfe
  • Tertiary vegetational history of southeast Asia, with emphasis on the biogeographical relationships with Australia / Robert J. Morley
  • Plant biogeography of the SE Asian-Australian region / Trevor Whiffin
  • Quaternary flora and vegetation of Java / A.A. Polhaupessy
  • Quaternary records of vegetation, biomass burning, climate and possible human impact in the Indonesian-Northern Australian region / Peter Kershaw, et al
  • Late quaternary mangrove pollen records from continental shelf and ocean cores in the north Australian-Indonesian region / John Grindrod, Patrick Moss and Sander van der Kaars
  • Palaeoceanography of the Western Pacific Warm Pool during the last glacial maximum: long-term climatic monitoring of the maritime continent / J. Ignacio Martinez, Patrick de Deckker and Timothy T. Barrows
  • Mountain environments in New Guinea and the last glacial maximum 'warm seas/cold mountains' enigma in the West Pacific Warm Pool region / Jim Peterson, et al
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Natural history -- Australia.  |  Natural history -- Southeast Asia.
Other authors/contributors Kershaw, Peter
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