A Natural History of Auckland - Edited by John Morton
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Used Very Good, small tear in dust jacket (see photo)
Hardcover (with dust jacket) Dimensions: 289 x 220 x 20mm Publication Date: 1993
The Auckland Region - from the Bombay Hills in the south to the outer Gulf in the north - contains a rich and diverse array of habitats. Rain forest and scrubland, rocky intertidal shores and subtidal cliffs, white or grey sand beaches under surf, estuarine flats, streams, lakes and swamps, islands and the Gulf, along with the gardens and wild places within urban limits, are all part of the heritage that Aucklanders can discover virtually on their doorsteps.
A Natural History of Auckland describes the whole communities that live in these habitats in a uniquely Auckland pattern. Professor John Morton has brought together many writers, all experts in their fields, to contribute to this authoritative and highly readable portrait of the Region. The lively text is accompanied by over twenty superb paintings by notable New Zealand artist, Ron Cometti. His remarkable ability to highlight small detail in broad, colourful, realistic paintings provides illustrations full of information as well as portraying the beautiful landscape.
The result is a book of special significance to serious students of the Auckland environment and to everyone lucky enough to live in it. It provides an opportunity to visitors from over parts of New Zealand and from overseas to share in a unique part of New Zealand's natural heritage.
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