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Stories beneath our feet: new book by Leon Costermans

Posted on 30 November, 2022 by Ivan

We are excited to see the well-known botanist and author, Leon Costermans, teaming up with Fons VandenBerg to deliver a new 660-page book titled ‘Stories beneath our feet: exploring the geology and landscapes of Victoria and surrounds’. Leon is known for his work on the identification of eucalypts, including illustrating and publishing his best-selling and well-loved book ‘Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia‘.

‘Stories beneath our feet’ is intended for land managers, teachers and senior students of environmental subjects, ecologists, naturalists, tour group leaders, outdoor activity leaders, or simply interested travellers. It examines the stories behind the wide range of landforms, rock types and life forms through geological time, and emphasises geological influences in ecosystems.

Stories beneath our feet makes suggestions for field activities suitable for various age groups (photo by Costermans Publishing)


Leon Costermans was born in Melbourne in 1933. Although his schooling was city-based, he developed an early love of the bush, and spent many weekends and holidays hiking and camping. After some years in the fields of motion picture production and engineering, which took him throughout Australia, he joined the Victorian Education Department and studied science at the University of Melbourne. He majored in geology and geomorphology, and taught science and mathematics at country high schools.

The book includes over 1870 photos, digital images, geological maps and diagrams. It has a comprehensive glossary, user-friendly index and other supplementary descriptive lists.

Local booksellers Muckleford Books are selling copies of this intriguing book, which could make a good Christmas gift.

For more information about the book – click here
To order online
from Muckleford Books – click here

2 responses to “Stories beneath our feet: new book by Leon Costermans”

  1. Graham Connell says:

    also available at Aesop’s Attic Bookshop
    70 High St
    Kyneton, VIC, 3444
    +61 3 5422 6059

  2. Beth Mellick says:

    We will be selling books at the next Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club meeting, 7.15pm, 9th December 2022, at the Uniting Church hall in Lyttleton Street. You can purchase for $82 and avoid the postage fees.

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