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Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu

Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Paperback, New edition)

By Knight, Catherine

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Only a century and a half ago, the Manawatu was a heavily forested hinterland: the floodplains were a sea of swamps and lagoons, teeming with birdlife, eels and other fish; the hills and terraces were covered with thick impenetrable forest, refuge perhaps to a few lingering moa. ...But within a few decades, the forest had been reduced to ashes, and the swamps and lagoons were being drained away. Progress marched across the landscape in the form of farms and settlements. But it wasn't long before nature exacted its revenge : erosion scarred the hillsides, floods ravaged farms and towns. Pollution of the rivers saw fish dying en masse. How would the people of the region meet these environmental challenges, and what lessons would there be for the future? By peeling away the layers , this book tells the intriguing story of the Manawatu's environmental history, drawn from a rich array of sources, maps and historical images.
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ISBN 9780473451561
Published NZ 1 Jan 2018
Publisher Totara Press
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780473451561
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Totara Press
Imprint Totara Press
Published 1 Jan 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Knight, Catherine
Category History of Other Lands
The Environment
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 312
Dimensions Width: 157mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 333.715099356
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade