A Reef in Time

Author: John Edward Norwood Veron
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674026797
Format: PDF
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Like many coral specialists fifteen years ago, Veron thought Australia's Great Barrier Reef was impervious to climate change. Then he saw for himself the devastation that elevated sea temperatures can inflict on corals.

The Great Barrier Reef

Author: Ben Daley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113593441X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Great Barrier Reef is located along the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia and is the world's largest coral reef ecosystem. Designated a World Heritage Area, it has been subject to increasing pressures from tourism, fishing, pollution and climate change, and is now protected as a marine park. This book provides an original account of the environmental history of the Great Barrier Reef, based on extensive archival and oral history research. It documents and explains the main human impacts on the Great Barrier Reef since European settlement in the region, focusing particularly on the century from 1860 to 1960 which has not previously been fully documented, yet which was a period of unprecedented exploitation of the ecosystem and its resources. The book describes the main changes in coral reefs, islands and marine wildlife that resulted from those impacts. In more recent decades, human impacts on the Great Barrier Reef have spread, accelerated and intensified, with implications for current management and conservation practices. There is now better scientific understanding of the threats faced by the ecosystem. Yet these modern challenges occur against a background of historical levels of exploitation that is little-known, and that has reduced the ecosystem's resilience. The author provides a compelling narrative of how one of the world's most iconic and vulnerable ecosystems has been exploited and degraded, but also how some early conservation practices emerged.

The Great Barrier Reef

Author: James Bowen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139440646
Format: PDF, ePub
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One of the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2000 kilometres in a maze of coral reefs and islands along Australia's north-eastern coastline. Now unfolding the fascinating story behind its mystique this 2002 book provides for the first time a comprehensive cultural and ecological history of European impact, from early voyages of discovery to developments in Reef science and management. Incisive and a delight to read in its thorough account of the scientific, social and environmental consequences of European impact on the world's greatest coral reef system, this extraordinary book is sure to become a classic.

Vanderbilt Reef

Author: Gerald Kramer
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479703923
Format: PDF, Docs
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In October of 1918 the Canadian Pacific steamship Princess Sophiahit a reef in the Lynn Canal near Juneau, Alaska. All 343 aboard perished although the actual number of people is uncertain due to questionable record keeping. This tragedy was the worst in Alaska/British Columbia waters. Thirty years later an elderly Kansas City woman hires investigator Alex Bodine to find as much information as possible about her only relative Daniel Summers who perished on the Sophia. Daniel went to the Yukon after Gold was discovered in the Klondike shortly before the turn of the century and eventually settled in Alaska as the Gold Rush moved on. His letters to his aunt over the twenty years were often vague or mysterious. Now she wants to reach closure on Daniel’s story before the end of her life. Bodine finds, surprisingly, that Daniel’s story goes far beyond the wreck of the Sophia.