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New Guinea

Nature and Culture of Earth's Grandest Island

Bruce M. Beehler Tim Laman



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Princeton University Pres
01 September 2020
An enthralling exploration of the biologically richest island on Earth, featuring more than 200 spectacular colour 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 colour 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 colourful 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.
By:   Bruce M. Beehler, Tim Laman
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 235mm, 
ISBN:   9780691180304
ISBN 10:   069118030X
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist, naturalist, and author of many books. A renowned authority on New Guinea, he has visited the island seventy times. His most recent books include North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring and Encounters with Nature: Hiking, Biking, and Birding through the Year. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Tim Laman is a contributing photographer for National Geographic, with more than twenty feature articles to his name. His photos have also appeared in many books, including the acclaimed Birds of Paradise. In 2016, he was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Reviews for New Guinea: Nature and Culture of Earth's Grandest Island

There is not another book on the market to come anywhere near this publication. Sit back and be drawn into such a landscape you can only dream of while at home. ---John Miles, Birdwatching This book sets the pulse racing about a world that really must be seen if at all possible. I knew about birds of paradise but this book has rekindled a passion for this so wonderful and bonkers family of birds, just take a look at the photographs here! * Biggest Twitch Birdwatching Trips * [A] masterpiece. ---Joan Mead-Matsui, Everything, Everywhere, Travel Writer

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