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Children's LiteratureWhen young readers think tropical oceans, they may picture warm waters, palm tree-filled islands, even swimming along colorful coral reefs. This book features those elements plus much, much more. What are tropical oceans? What kinds of lands adjoin tropical oceans? What full time and part time critters do they hold? How do tropical seas exist and are they all the same? What about those wondrous tropical reefs—what are reef communities like and are they in trouble? Young readers can find the answers to these questions and more in this book, part of "The Living Ocean" series. Easy-to-understand text combined with beautifully drawn and stunning photo illustrations explain types of coral reefs, the symbiotic relationships within the coral reef communities that help it to survive, tropical food webs, mangrove communities and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef. A big part of the book focuses on weather—hurricanes, El Nino effects, plus deadly tsunamis. Finally, the last chapters feature coral reefs in trouble and how people can help. The book includes a glossary and an index. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 9 to 12.