Article ID: CBB001451684

Writing a History of Scientific Endeavour in Australia's Deserts (2014)


This special issue of Historical Records of Australian Science explores some of the sciences that have contributed to our understanding of inland Australia, country variously known as desert, the arid zone, drylands and the outback. The sciences that have concentrated on deserts include ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, rangeland management, geography, surveying, meteorology and geology, plus many others. In recognition that desert science has surged ahead in the past few decades, we have invited contributors who describe various different desert initiatives. We use these case studies to open up the discussion about how Australians see their desert lands, how this has changed over time and how desert scientists from the rest of the world regard the distinctive desert country in Australia. Full text doi:10.1071/HR14011

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, Mike
Robin, Libby
Moore, D. T.
Vallance, Thomas
Groves, E. W.
Hunt, Susan
Historical Records of Australian Science
Archives of Natural History
Journal of Global History
Journal of Historical Geography
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
National Museum of Australia Press
Melbourne University Press
Wakefield Press
Travel; exploration
Environmental sciences
Natural history
Environmental history
Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien Cézar
Baudin, Nicolas
Sturt, Charles
Entrecasteaux, Antoine R. J. de Bruni d'
Freycinet, Louis Claude Desaulses de
Bougainville, Louis Antoine de
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
17th century
16th century
Islands of the Pacific
South America
Great Britain

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