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The history of science, pure and applied, in Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific

Writing a History of Scientific Endeavour in Australia’s Deserts

Libby Robin, Steve Morton and Mike Smith

Historical Records of Australian Science 25(2) 143 - 152
Published: 11 November 2014


This special issue of Historical Records of Australian Science explores some of the sciences that have contributed to our understanding of inland Australia, country variously known as desert, the arid zone, drylands and the outback. The sciences that have concentrated on deserts include ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, rangeland management, geography, surveying, meteorology and geology, plus many others. In recognition that desert science has surged ahead in the past few decades, we have invited contributors who describe various different desert initiatives. We use these case studies to open up the discussion about how Australians see their desert lands, how this has changed over time and how desert scientists from the rest of the world regard the distinctive desert country in Australia.


© Australian Academy of Science 2014

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