The Edge of Me­mory

Australian Geographic - - The List -

Pa­trick Nunn, Blooms­bury Sigma, $29.99

ACROSS THE 65,000 years Abo­rig­i­nals have lived in Aus­tralia, they’ve main­tained an oral tra­di­tion that records and passes down laws, sto­ries, prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion, and mem­o­ries of real en­vi­ron­men­tal events such as vol­canic erup­tions and floods. This book traces the story of how sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered the spo­ken word can be just as ac­cu­rate as the cli­matic data, and how, in this coun­try and oth­ers, peo­ple have fi­nally started lis­ten­ing.

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