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Lefroy, EC and Hobbs, RJ and Pate, JS and O'Connor, MH (1999) Introduction. In: Agriculture as a mimic of natural ecosystems. Current plant science and biotechnology in agriculture, 37 (37). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordretcht, The Netherlands, xiii-xvi. ISBN 978-0-7923-5965-4

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In 1792, a French scientific expedition under the command of Captain Joseph D'Entrecasteaux dropped anchor in an uncharted bay on the south western coast of Australia to carry out repairs and replenish supplies of fresh water. So impressed was D'Entrecasteaux with the skill of the seventeen year old midshipman at the masthead and the manoeuvrability of his ship in negotiating the outlying reefs he named the adjacent cape LeGrande after the sailor and the port Esperance after his ship. He was far less impressed with the hinterland. Indeed his account and those of other French explorers of the time describing the infertility of the soils, the lack of fresh water and in particular the prevalence of saline and brackish water is credited with deterring the French from any idea of settlement.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Page Range: xiii-xvi
Additional Information: © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2009 05:06
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:49
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/7484
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