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Madagascar Paperback – September 16, 2014
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The Sunday Telegraph
'An authoritative and scholarly guide'
'A great book'
Travel Africa Magazine
'This is no ordinary travel guide, but a lively, informative, amusing and sensitive account to be enjoyed from cover to cover'
Lee Durrell, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
'The tenth updated edition of MADAGASCAR is a 'must' take-along and travel planner for any destination-bound traveler, and offers itineraries for all budgets and a focus updating all information on how to get to and travel through Madagascar.....A 'must' for any planning a visit to Madagascar!'
About the Author
Daniel Austin is the co-author of Madagascar, Madagascar Highlights and the forthcoming edition of Madagascar Wildlife. He is founder of the Madagascar Library and a photographer specializing in Madagascar, particularly its wildlife. He is Secretary of the Anglo-Malagasy Society, a collector of historical material about Madagascar, and a fanatic of all things Malagasy. Over the past ten years he has spent a total of some 18 months exploring the Great Red Island. The original author of the book Hilary Bradt has visited Madagascar almost every year since 1982, and her in-depth knowledge has bought her lecture engagements at the Royal Geographical Society and the Smithsonian Institution.
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For each area i found the book does an great job of acting as a GUIDE for your holiday. Enough maps and details on all the Parks (and the park administration and mandatory guiding system) allows you to fully plan your holiday without having to resort to a whole lot of additional internet searching etc. In the parks with trekking walks, there is usually an inset map showing these and I reckon a visual map is always the best way to portray such spatial information, instead of wordy paragraph descriptions that many guides seem to try and use instead of going for map. There was only a couple of times in the whole book was I left with feeling that guidance style info was lacking
1. Mt Ibity hike (p 194). The hike up the mountain is stated as 'a must' but there is no indication of how long? how rough? what elevation gain? just one sentence covering this critical issues for any hike would be great guidance.
2 Ranomafana NP (p201/202) has 'a large network of maintained trails' but the inset map is so small that none are shown :( Maybe shrink the scale of the overview map and make the inset bigger and put on the trails to give some guidance of where they are?
As a geologist it was also good to see a dedicated geology section outsourced to an expert because much of the spectacular landscape is controlled by the geology but I did find a couple of issues in the geology section (p35-37) that could be tweaked to make some ideas a bit clearer
1. Of course the 900-550 Ma rocks have older zircon in then dating back to several billions years old (almost all sedimentary rocks have old zircon on them). This doesn't mean Madgascar has "far greater antiquity'. It just means that some of the sediments that now make up Madagascar were eroded off an even older land, washed along by rivers and dumped into the ocean etc and then eventually got squeezed up in the 900-550 Ma tectonic cycle that turned these older pre-existing sediments into the rocks that make the current foundation of Madagascr
2. it could be mentioned that this tectonic cycle of 'mountain building' and 'immense collision' that created Madagascar from those much older sediments is called the Pan African Orogeny so that anyone really interested could google this term to find out more about it?
3. in the Gondwana continental break-up section, it suggests that the 'a major rise in sea level followed' and deposited limestone over the earlier river and lake deposits. I dont think the sea rose, I think the land sank. When a continent tears apart, the heat rises up from the mantle below thermally expands the whole crust so that the rift valleys are initially bouyed above sea level (the Triassic Uplift with rivers). As the continents proceed to break up and move apart they cool down and start to sink so that the sea can invade (the following marine limestones). This sequence seems to fit the classic Rift-Drift-Sag phases typical of all rifting margins so was there really a major sea level rise, or just local sinking/sagging of a continental margin?
Overall the book was a great 'one stop shop' for my upcoming Madgascar vacation - well done Bradt team!
I will also mention I bought this as a Kindle book, and getting to the appropriate part of the book is not easy. From now on, all my travel guides will be hard copies.
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