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Underwater Eden: Saving the Last Coral

Wilderness on Earth, Gregory S. Stone and David Obura, Footprint Books, $55.95
Australians might like to think of the Great Barrier Reef as the best-preserved coral ecosystem on Earth, but conservation scientist Gregory Stone argues that the honour really goes to the reefs of the Phoenix Islands, whose very obscurity in part explains their preserved state. As perhaps the only place where coral reefs can be seen unaltered by human interference, the preservation of these South Pacific reefs became a priority for a committed group of scientists, divers and environmental activists. Underwater Eden tells the story of their success.

Living with Fire: People, Nature and History in Steels Creek

Christine Hansen and Tom Griffiths, CSIRO Publishing, $49.95
Steels Creek was one of the hardest-hit communities during the Black Saturday fires in 2009. Historians Tom Griffiths and Christine Hansen have explored the history of fire in the area, and the relationship between the community and the beautiful but perilous place in which they live.

The Last Place You’d Look for a Wallaby

Glen Chilton, University of Queensland Press, $29.95
The last place one would look for a wallaby turns out to be Scotland, unless you knew that a colony has taken up residence there and thrived....

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