Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – 26 June 2014
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Coral reefs have been long regarded with awe by the millions of people who have encountered them over the centuries. Early seafarers were wary of them, naturalists were confused by them, yet many coastal people benefited greatly from these mysterious rocky structures that grew up to the surface of the sea. They have been rich in their supply of food, and they provided a breakwater from storms and high waves to countless coastal communities that developed from their protection. Their scale is enormous and their value high. Found in countless locations around the world, from the Indo-Pacific coral reef province to the Caribbean and Australia, they support both marine and human life. In this Very Short Introduction, Charles Sheppard provides an account of what coral reefs are, how they are formed, how they have evolved, and the biological lessons we can learn from them. Today, the vibrancy and diversity of these fascinating ecosystems are under threat from over exploitation and could face future extinction, unless our conservation efforts are stepped up in order to save them. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
About the Author
Charles Sheppard's research focuses mainly on community ecology, particularly on ecosystem responses to climate change. He works for a number of UN, Governmental, and aid agencies to advise on topical marine and costal developmental issues. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including The Biology of Coral Reefs (OUP, 2009).
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st edition (26 June 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0199682771
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199682775
- Dimensions : 1.02 x 10.92 x 17.02 cm
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Great little basics book for the professional and layman alikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2017
Great little book giving you a lovely, easy to digest run down of coral reefs. Great for gaining basic understanding and contains a lot more info than I gave credit for such a small book! Very useful for anyone in conservation or marine backgrounds that want to ensure they've got a varied ecological understanding or for anyone thats simply curious and wanting to learn a little more about these incredible structures.
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Absolutely great book!!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2017
I am studying an ocean sciences course at university and this book is a fantastic book to get some basic knowledge. I would recommend for anyone as it is easy to understand and a fun read! Plus arrived within a day which is always nice.
Coral not JadeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2019
Bought this as joke 35th wedding anniversary gift, and it turned out to be very interesting if you are interested in coral... if however you are not interested in coral you may find it exceedingly dull!
Excellent value.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2018
Really well written. Excellent value.