Coral Reefs: Ecology, Threats, & Conservation

Overview

"Coral Reefs" is a must-have for nature enthusiasts, environmentalists and ocean lovers. This book is an excellent general introduction to coral reefs and is full of fascinating facts and fabulous four-color photographs. It presents scientific insights and information in a way that is not only readable but highly enjoyable to a popular audience.

This book explores the major regions where coral reefs live, which include the Bahamas Bank in the greater Caribbean region, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Great ...

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Overview

"Coral Reefs" is a must-have for nature enthusiasts, environmentalists and ocean lovers. This book is an excellent general introduction to coral reefs and is full of fascinating facts and fabulous four-color photographs. It presents scientific insights and information in a way that is not only readable but highly enjoyable to a popular audience.

This book explores the major regions where coral reefs live, which include the Bahamas Bank in the greater Caribbean region, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef structure in the world. Readers will become familiar with the interlocking web of life that the reefs support, as well as how the reefs form and grow.

About one third of the world's reefs have been killed or nearly so by abuse and overuse, and many reefs still classified as living are poor shadows of their former, vibrant selves. In "Coral Reefs", Dr. Sheppard discusses the many causes of this collapse and informs readers of the continuing threats that these living treasures face.

Describes the nature, growth, location, and ecology of coral reefs.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Each book in this series, which also includes Mountains: Geology, Natural History and Ecosystems, and Manatees: Natural History and Conservation, starts with the author's personal connection with the subject. Sheppard describes a research dive on an atoll in the Indian Ocean. Likewise, each book follows a similar pattern of defining the subject, exploring its form and function, and connecting it to its surrounding environment. The author then highlights the threats to the subject and defines the political organizations in place to help protect it. This book is filled with many beautiful photographs that complement the text. The writing, at times more technical than the audience would require, is often confusing, however. The sentence structure is more clumsy than ungrammatical. For example, "Other important characteristics are looked at later, but this successful fusing of animal and plant, which has underpinned the success of the reef system for so long, may go very wrong if corals suffer too much stress." The layout of the books, with whole pages of seven-inch columns of text and large full-page color photographs, lends itself to perusal rather than in-depth reading. The omission of many captions is noticeable. Nevertheless, the information is interesting and accurate without overwhelming the reader, recommending this series for those seeking current knowledge on such environmentally sensitive subjects. Index. Photos. Maps. Charts. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, definedas grades 10 to 12). 2002, Voyageur Press, 72p, Reddy-Damon
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The coral reef is one of the oldest wonders of the natural world; yet overuse by humans and environmental factors are causing untold damage to these delicate systems. Full-color photos will spark readers' curiosity and indignation. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417658091
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years

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