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Friday 1 November 2013 2:57pm

Discovering the Natural History of a World Heritage Area

Neville Peat & Brian Patrick

wild_fiordlandThe book

This is a paperback edition of this book, which was shortlisted for the Montana NZ Book Awards in 1997. It is a major work of regional natural history introducing a New Zealand World Heritage Area, Fiordland National Park.

In a world largely modified by humans, Fiordland is a breathing space for nature. It is one of the planet's great wilderness areas, where monumental landscapes combine with a mosaic of miniature worlds. Located on the southwest coast of New Zealand, much of its landscape was formed of great valleys carved out by glaciers which are now half-drowned. Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most remote but necessary tourist destinations, while Dusky Sound provided a home to Captain Cook's Resolution and its scientists, as well as artist William Hodges, for five weeks in 1773. This book is for travellers, nature-lovers and scientists alike.

Other books by the same authors in this prize-winning series are Wild Central, Wild Dunedin, and Wild Rivers.

'It's an accessible but authoritative book about geology and landscapes, flora and fauna of this relatively inaccessible region.'
– Otago Daily Times

The authors

NEVILLE PEAT, a Dunedin-based writer and photographer, is the author of numerous guides to southern New Zealand natural features and attractions.

BRIAN PATRICK is Collections and Research Manager at the Otago Museum, Dunedin.

Publication details

Paperback, 240 x 185 mm, 144 pp, ISBN 978 1 877372 27 8, $39.95


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