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    Wounded Country
    Wounded Country
    The Murray–Darling Basin – a contested history
    Like many Australians, I looked on with horror as images of a million dead fish swamped the media and consumed the news cycle. I resolved to dig deeper. The Murray-Darling Basin is under threat. This vast and spectacular geographical region, covering one million square kilometres from central Queensland to South Australia, has been exploited for nearly 200 years. Soil erosion, sand drifts, dust storms, salinity, algal blooms, threatened native flora and fauna, the drying out of internationally recognised wetlands and steadily worsening droughts have repeatedly brought large parts of the Basin to its knees. In Wounded Country, award-winning author Quentin Beresford investigates the complex history of Australia's largest and most important river system. Waves of farmers exploited the region's potential, with little consideration for the environmental consequences. Dispossession and marginalisation denied local First Nations people their lands and European settlers the Indigenous cultural knowledge to manage the Basin sustainably. Instead, we've had 'nation-building' irrigation schemes and agricultural enterprises promoted by politicians focused on short-term profits and a development-at-all-costs approach. Expert advice and warnings about long-term environmental effects have been continually sidelined. We're now at a point of reckoning. How can we save the once mighty Murray-Darling? 'One of the most important books to emerge in recent decades concerning both Australia's dangerous environmental mismanagement and the indivisible plunder of Indigenous society.' - Charles Massy
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    Book Author
    Quentin Beresford
    Genre History
    Binding
    PERFECT BINDING (PAPERBACK)
    Format
    Large Print 16 Pt Edition (Standard Large Print)
    ISBN
    9780369378637
    Publisher
    UNSW Press
    Age Range
    General
    Approximate delivery

    UP TO 30 DAYS (?)

    Publication Date
    25-Nov-2021

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