Cover of Slower the eye can see
THIS book, by historian Darrell Lewis, documents the changes that
have occurred in the landscapes of the Victoria River District of
the Northern Territory. Many of these changes are reported from
across the tropical savannas—the ‘thickening up’
of vegetation, the spread of ‘woody weeds’ and many
less obvious trends.
Slower than the Eye can See looks at the district’s
environment from the time of the European explorers to the present
day, and features remarkable pairs of historical and modern
photographs that reveal how the country has altered, quite
dramatically in some cases. Excerpts from diaries, newspaper and
journal accounts of the time all build a fascinating picture of the
region and how its inhabitants viewed it.
The book also describes the changes in fire and grazing practice
and their role in landscape change. Published by the Tropical
Savannas CRC, the book will interest pastoralists, researchers,
conservation and indigenous land managers and all who want to know
about the history of outback Australia.
Darrell Lewis, Tropical Savannas CRC, Nov. 2002, Price: $ 15,
104 pp. ISBN 0 9581014 0 X