The recurring theme in the preceding chapters is the relationship between scientific research and everyday living. Either through inherited occupancy or acquisition there are likely to be traditions related to land use practices that govern behaviours of communities for better or for worse. Custodianship of the lands within the Australasian region migration patterns, past habits and skills are all reflected in this complex set of landscapes.
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Sadly, Jim Peterson did not live to see this book in its published form. Chapter 12 is his last published work. He will be remembered for his passion for the discipline of geography and as a pioneer in the development of teaching and learning with spatial technologies. Geographical Information Systems have changed the way we go about our research data gathering. Jim enabled many young geographers to achieved expertise in this and related areas of scholarship.