An exploration of coral landscapes in tropical seas which reveals both the abundant and the rare exotic species they nurture. This study of the interaction of life between land, sea and air in these regions spells out the harmful effect of man's activities on delicately-balanced ecosystems.
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Drawing from his travels, the author presents a visually pleasing survey of the world's major coral reef and island biomes. Many color photographs, maps, drawings, and informational inserts supplement the text, which focuses on the beauty, complexity, and fragility of these habitats. Exceptionally well covered is the interaction of the geological and life processes that lead to coral reef and island development. The natural history of reef organisms offered here is informational and competent but is readily available elsewhere. In addition, while this book stresses the human activities that imperil the survival of reef communities, The Greenpeace Book of Coral Reefs ( LJ 11/15/92) provides superior coverage of this topic. For comprehensive collections serving lay and YA readers.
- Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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Book Description David & Charles UK, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0715300776
Book Description David & Charles UK, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0715300776