Tim Laman, Bruce M. Beehler
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An enthralling exploration of the biologically richest island on Earth, featuring more than 200 spectacular color images by award-winning National Geographic photographer Tim Laman
In this beautiful book, Bruce Beehler, a renowned author and expert on New Guinea, and award-winning National Geographic photographer Tim Laman take the reader on an unforgettable journey through the natural and cultural wonders of the world's grandest island. Skillfully combining a wealth of information, a descriptive and story-filled narrative, and more than 200 stunning color photographs, the book unlocks New Guinea's remarkable secrets like never before.
Lying between the Equator and Australia's north coast, and surrounded by the richest coral reefs on Earth, New Guinea is the world's largest, highest, and most environmentally complex tropical island—home to rainforests with showy rhododendrons, strange and colorful orchids, tree-kangaroos, spiny anteaters, ingenious bowerbirds, and spectacular birds of paradise. New Guinea is also home to more than a thousand traditional human societies, each with its own language and lifestyle, and many of these tribes still live in isolated villages and serve as stewards of the rainforests they inhabit.
Accessible and authoritative, New Guinea provides a comprehensive introduction to the island's environment, animals, plants, and traditional rainforest cultures. Individual chapters cover the island's history of exploration; geology; climate and weather; biogeography; plantlife; insects, spiders, and other invertebrates; freshwater fishes; snakes, lizards, and frogs; birdlife; mammals; paleontology; paleoanthropology; cultural and linguistic diversity; surrounding islands and reefs; the pristine forest of the Foja Mountains; village life; and future sustainability.
Complete with informative illustrations and a large, detailed map, New Guinea offers an enchanting account of the island's unequalled natural and cultural treasures.
Wildlife, Borneo, Craton, Fauna, Deforestation, Mountain, New Guinea, Vertebrate, Puncak Jaya, Bandicoot, Crustacean, Northern Australia, Agriculture, Miocene, Ornithology, Puncak Trikora, Milne Bay, Philippines, Australian Plate, Sepik, Myrtaceae, Popondetta, Sundaland, Coral reef, Mangrove, Sediment, Port Moresby, Plate tectonics, Mountain range, Oceanic crust, Australia (continent), Mamberamo River, Marsupial, Wallacea, Pacific Ocean, Pleistocene, Island arc, Honeyeater, Bismarck Sea, Western New Guinea, Mount Wilhelm, Huon Peninsula, Torres Strait, Aru Islands, Bowerbird, Swamp, Conservation International, Grassland, New Caledonia, Shrub, Mammal, Raja Ampat Islands, Baliem Valley, Mount Hagen, Rainforest, Biologist, Dry season, Cordillera, Ecosystem, Ernst Mayr, Agriculture (Chinese mythology), Cassowary, Indonesia, Possum, Finisterre Range, Logging, Drought, New Guinea Highlands, Endemism, Invertebrate, Mountain ecosystems, Fauna of New Guinea, Continental crust, Pacific Plate, Tim Laman, Continental fragment, Gondwana, Lake Sentani, Publication, Maluku Islands, Thylacine, Star Mountains, Wallaby, North America, Papua New Guinea, Coral reef fish, Insect, Megapode, Mount Lamington, Monotreme, Melanesia, Jared Diamond, Tree-kangaroo, Pandanus, Southeast Asia, Foja Mountains, Biodiversity, Arthropod, Sweet potato, Fly River