Reef Notes

Author: Julian Sprung
Publisher: Two Little Fishies Incorporated
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Author: Rosaleen Love
Publisher: Joseph Henry Press
ISBN: 0309072603
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Located off Australia's eastern coast, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the natural world. The diversity of life is simply incredible. It is also the ideal environment for coral, making it a diver's paradise. Indeed, some 200 million tourists visit the reef each year. Looking beyond the sheer beauty of this place, we learn, too, that it is a region rich in history, the setting for fateful shipwrecks and exotic Aboriginal myths. Australian writer Rosaleen Love explores the reef from all these angles, allowing us to see this stunning geography anew. Part travelogue, part eco-history, Reefscape represents multiple views of the reef - through the eyes of mariners, pearl divers, naturalists, filmmakers, pirates, industrialists, and tourists alike- painting a fascinating portrait of a unique locale. Told in a reflectively poetic voice, Love writes evocatively of the ecological, and geological significance of the reef. Woven throughout is the intriguing history of the area. This twofold approach provides a rich perspective on the reef an ecosystem as well as a natural resource for its inhabitants. By recounting both tales, Reefscape provides a window on the past and foreshadows the future of this extraordinary environment. Reefscape will illuminate the meaning of the human encounter with nature. It will inspire delight in the imagination and spirit of all who yearn for the transcendence of turquoise waters.

Vanderbilt Reef

Author: Gerald Kramer
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479703923
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.


Author: Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Unionsverlag
ISBN: 3293306691
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Im Jahr, als Sri Lanka unabhängig wird, kommt der elfjährige Triton als Boy in das Haus von Mister Salgado, einem Meeresbiologen, der nur einen Lebensinhalt hat: das gefährdete Universum des Ozeans. Für den Jungen wird das Haus des Junggesellen zu einem abgeschlossenen Mikrokosmos. Er lernt, das Silber so zu polieren, dass es schimmert wie geschmolzenes Sonnenlicht, den Liebeskuchen mit zehn Eiern zu backen und für die Freundin seines Herrn den Papageienfisch zu dünsten. Und er lernt, mit wachen Augen die politischen, sozialen und amourösen Ränkespiele zu beobachten. Hintergründig erzählt Triton seine Geschichte. Naiv und wissend zugleich, tapfer und ängstlich - die eindrückliche Stimme eines Jungen, der in einer zerbrechenden Welt erwachsen geworden ist.

Off Armageddon Reef

Author: David Weber
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330516140
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Here is the saga of humanity reduced, by an implacable alien enemy, to inhabiting a single colony on the distant world of Safehold. To avoid drawing the attention of the enemy through the busy signals of an industrial civilization, the human rulers of Safehold have taken an extraordinary measure. With mind control and hidden high technology, they have built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, one designed to keep Safehold society medieval and unnoticed forever. After disagreement about the wisdom and justice of this course, the dissenters were ruthlessly eliminated. Centuries have passed and now, in a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android initiates a rebirth set in motion centuries before. A rebirth that will provide the only remaining humans with their last chance to learn the truth and to rejoin the universe. It is destined to be a tremendous undertaking, unfolding a story of deception and ignorance, freedom and tyranny, and the liberating power of the truth. 'Nobody does space opera better than Weber' Publishers Weekly