Spectacular Australia
by Phillip Mathews and Reg Morrison

Australia is a vigorous young nation astride an ancient continent. Remnants of the earliest geological forms, indeed, the earliest forms of life, have been found there. It is uncertain how long Australia's Aborigines have inhabited the land, though the latest evidence suggests up to 80,000 thousand years. Europeans arrived little more than 200 years ago to begin what was to become the furthest mass migration in history. They found this vast, parched land--the flattest and driest continent--alien and unforgiving, but intriguing nonetheless.

Spectacular Australia is revealed here in 200 splendid color photographs--including panoramic gatefolds--by some of the most distinguished Australian photographers. They have captured, State by State, the variety, contrast, and vivid colours of this sun-baked landscape and its inhabitants. The Great Barrier Reef, with its jewel-like cays and living reefs, is the biggest coral reef on the planet, stretching 2000 kilometres along the continental shelf off Queensland. The massive, glowing monoliths that rise from the ochre soil and mulga scrub of the "Red Centre" in the Northern territory contrast sharply with the snow-capped peaks and frozen lakes in the rain-soaked wilderness of island Tasmania. The plains at the foot of the eastern highland range, the Great Divide, are lush, green, and fertile; not so the scorched stone and sandy deserts of the interior and its crystalline white salt lakes. The quality and scope of the images presented here are a fitting tribute to a land of unconventional and spectacular beauty.

16 x 10 5/8 in., 132 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-846-0
$75.00 U.S.

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