The Reef

The Reef

A Passionate History

Book - 2014
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The author traces the dramatic history of the Great Barrier Reef and the lives of people it has impacted throughout the past two centuries, recounting their stories while examining the reef's evolving roles as a feared mystery, a scientific challenge and a fragile natural wonder.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374248192
Branch Call Number: 551.424 M125
Characteristics: 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Scientific American, inc


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May 28, 2015

I skimmed Chap 1-11 and found them "just history" which I don't need right now (I'm writing my own book).

However, Chap 12 and the Epilogue were Pure Gold!

ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

More than 1,400 miles in length, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure ever built by living organisms (so big it's visible from space). This organic maze of coral reefs, islands, and estuaries is one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet, home to thousands of species from microscopic organisms to megafauna. However, like other natural wonders, it's also in danger of being destroyed by human activity. While describing the natural history (extensive) and ecological value (priceless) of the Reef, author Iain McCalman traces the region's influence on European explorers, indigenous peoples, and individuals inspired by its unique natural beauty. Pick up this book and learn more about this amazing place while it still exists. Nature and Science Newsletter August 2014.


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