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What is Natural

What is Natural Author Jan Sapp
ISBN-10 0195161785
Release 2003
Pages 275
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During the late 1960s and 1970s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish suddenly began to infest coral reef communities around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to a burnt-out rainforest. In What is Natural?, Jan Sapp both examines this ecological catastrophe and captures the intense debate among scientists about what caused the crisis, and how it should be handled. The crown-of-thorns story takes readers on tropical expeditions around the world, and into both marine laboratories and government committees, where scientists rigorously search for answers to the many profound questions surrounding this event. Were these fierce starfish outbreaks the kind of manmade disaster heralded by such environmentalists as Rachel Carson in Silent Spring? Indeed, discussions of the cause of the starfish plagues have involved virtually every environmental issue of our time--over-fishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, and over-population--but many marine biologists maintain that the epidemic is a natural feature of coral-reef life, and ecological "balance of nature" that should not be tampered with until we know the scientific truth of the crisis. But should we search for the scientific truth before taking action? And what if an environmental emergency cannot wait for a rigorous scientific search for "the truth"? The starfish plagues are arguably one of most mysterious ecological phenomena of this century. Through the window of this singular event, What is Natural lucidly illustrates the complexity of environmental issues while probing the most fundamental questions about the relationship between man and nature.

The Global Coral Reef Crisis

The Global Coral Reef Crisis Author Gregor Hodgson
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822028685618
Release 2002
Pages 77
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The Global Coral Reef Crisis has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Global Coral Reef Crisis also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Global Coral Reef Crisis book for free.

Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology

Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology Author Richard B. Aronson
ISBN-10 9780387335377
Release 2007-03-09
Pages 444
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This book provides a unique perspective on the destruction - both natural and human-caused - of coral reef ecosystems. Reconstructing the ecological history of coral reefs, the authors evaluate whether recent dramatic changes are novel events or part of a long-term trend or cycle. The text combines principles of geophysics, paleontology, and marine sciences with real-time observation, examining the interacting causes of change: hurricane damage, predators, disease, rising sea-level, nutrient loading, global warming and ocean acidification. Predictions about the future of coral reefs inspire strategies for restoration and management of ecosystems. Useful for students and professionals in ecology and marine biology, including environmental managers.

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching Author Madeleine J. H. van Oppen
ISBN-10 9783540697756
Release 2008-10-09
Pages 178
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One of the most dire consequences of global climate change for coral reefs is the increased frequency and severity of mass coral bleaching events. This volume provides information on the causes and consequences of coral bleaching for coral reef ecosystems, from the level of individual colonies to ecosystems and at different spatial scales, as well as a detailed analysis of how it can be detected and quantified. Future scenarios based on modelling efforts and the potential mechanisms of acclimatisation and adaptation are reviewed. The much more severe coral bleaching events experienced on Caribbean coral reefs (compared with those of the Indo-Pacific) are discussed, as are the differences in bleaching susceptibility and recovery that have been observed on smaller geographic scales.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Author James Bowen
ISBN-10 1139440640
Release 2002-11-08
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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.

Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature

Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature Author Keith H. Hirokawa
ISBN-10 9781107033474
Release 2014-07-17
Pages 362
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Examines how nature is constructed through law, building on the constructivist concept that 'nature' is a self-perpetuating, self-reinforcing social creation.

Our Dying Planet

Our Dying Planet Author Peter Sale
ISBN-10 9780520274600
Release 2012-10
Pages 360
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" Our Dying Planet is the most powerful statement on the future of life on earth I have ever read. Starting with the title, which I admire greatly, it delivers the sort of honest, accurate, no-punches-pulled assessment you would expect from a scientist who has seen the problems first hand. Coral reefs appear set to be the first major ecosystem to go extinct. Few people know more about this than Peter Sale. If every scientist were to speak as convincingly as Sale, the public might finally grasp the seriousness of the course on which we've set our planet."—Randy Olson, author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist “Peter Sale's book shows us the exquisite sensitivity of ecosystems to the consequences of human activity. This is the anthropocene epoch, a time when human beings have become a force of nature, altering properties of the biosphere on a geological scale. Read this and you will know it is very late and we must act.” —David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance and The Legacy “Disruptions such as overfishing, forest desecration, ocean acidification and pollution, and the wholesale destruction of coral reefs have already changed the earth disastrously. These problems will not fix themselves. For an articulate and crucial discussion of the mess we've made — and with some small hope for the future — you must read this book."—Richard Ellis, author of The Empty Ocean and The Great Sperm Whale “A bold and convincing explication of the forces inexorably leading to an environmental collapse, and sooner than most people think. Sale, a leading ecologist, tackles some sacred cows – including the implications of human population growth – and shows the many synergisms between impacts that would be devastating even if they acted alone – which they don’t. No one will read Our Dying Planet and remain complacent, but Sale sketches some promising paths out of our dilemma.”—Daniel Simberloff, coeditor of Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions

Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs Author Lesley A. DuTemple
ISBN-10 1560065974
Release 2000
Pages 96
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Describes coral reefs and the problems they face, discussing how they are affected by human activities and their possible future.

Coral Reef Restoration Handbook

Coral Reef Restoration Handbook Author William F. Precht
ISBN-10 9781420003796
Release 2006-05-25
Pages 384
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"... this book is the first to describe, in detail, the art and science of coral reef restoration. It is to be hoped that the information that can be gleaned within the pages of this book will set a path towards continued preservation of this valuable underwater treasure to be used, appreciated, and experienced for future generations." -- Senator Bob Graham (retired), Miami Lakes, Florida, from the Foreword Most of what we know about the rehabilitation of coral reef systems stems from efforts to repair reefs injured by vessels that have run aground. To date, however, there is a paucity of published literature regarding the efficacy and/or failure of coral reef restoration techniques. While most of the literature that is available comes from meeting abstracts, workshops and technical memoranda, these papers and reports have forged a scientific framework that can help guide future efforts. The Coral Reef Restoration Handbook is the first published volume devoted to the science of coral reef restoration. It offers a scientific, conceptual framework along with practical strategies for reef assessment and restoration. Contributors from a variety of disciplines discuss engineering, geological, biological, and socioeconomic factors to create a text that is designed to guide scientists and resource managers in the decision-making process from initial assessment of the injury through conceptual restoration design, implementation, and monitoring. An excellent selection of relevant case studies is utilized to illustrate concepts and challenges inherent in the process of restoration. This volume gives reef scientists and managers the opportunity to glean significant information from previous efforts. It provides them with the opportunity to build on the lessons learned and develop successful restoration efforts into the future.

Coral Reef Conservation

Coral Reef Conservation Author John D. Reynolds
ISBN-10 9780521855365
Release 2006-08-17
Pages 568
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A multi-disciplinary account of the current status, problems, and solutions to the coral reef crisis, first published in 2006.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Author Pat Hutchings
ISBN-10 9780643099975
Release 2008-11-07
Pages 392
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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 344 400 square kilometres in size and is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This comprehensive guide describes the organisms and ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them. Contemporary pressing issues such as climate change, coral bleaching, coral disease and the challenges of coral reef fisheries are also discussed. In addition,the book includes a field guide that will help people to identify the common animals and plants on the reef, then to delve into the book to learn more about the roles the biota play. Beautifully illustrated and with contributions from 33 international experts, The Great Barrier Reef is a must-read for the interested reef tourist, student, researcher and environmental manager. While it has an Australian focus, it can equally be used as a baseline text for most Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Winner of a Whitley Certificate of Commendation for 2009.

Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs Author Claire Llewellyn
ISBN-10 1588109690
Release 2002-01-01
Pages 32
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Explores the natural phenomenon of coral reefs, discussing their formation, location, and types, as well as threats to coral reefs and efforts to preserve them.

Coral reefs and global climate change

Coral reefs and global climate change Author Robert W. Buddemeier
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822033860487
Release 2004
Pages 44
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Coral reefs and global climate change has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Coral reefs and global climate change also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Coral reefs and global climate change book for free.

Crochet Coral Reef

Crochet Coral Reef Author Margaret Wertheim
ISBN-10 0977962237
Release 2015
Pages 206
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"Now perhaps the world's largest participatory art and science project, the Crochet Coral Reef combines mathematics, marine biology, environmental consciousness-raising and community art practice. Almost 8,000 people around the world have contributed to making an ever-evolving archipelago of giant woolen seascapes, which have been exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, the Smithsonian and many other venues. This fully illustrated book, written by the project's creators--Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring--brings together the scientific and mathematical content behind the project, along with essays about the artistic and cultural resonances of this unique experiment in radical craft practice. With a wealth of color illustrations, the book serves as a record of the 30-plus Crochet Reefs worldwide and names all 7,000-plus contributors in a specially designed section."--Amazon.

Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs Author Walter Deas
ISBN-10 PSU:000053377241
Release 2005
Pages 289
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Reef publication. It is a visual experience of one of the great wonders of our planet, providing an introduction to the biology and coral reef ecology, and it fully identifies many of the corals of the Australasia and Indo-Pacific regions.

The Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis

The Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis Author Rough Guides
ISBN-10 9781848363298
Release 2007-04-26
Pages 304
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From the opening and closing of oceans over millions of years to the overnight reshaping of landscapes by volcanoes, the Earth beneath our feet is constantly changing. The Rough Guide to the Earth explores all aspects of our dynamic planet, from the planet’s origins and evolution and the seasons and tides to melting ice caps, glaciers and climate change. Featuring many spectacular images and helpful diagrams, this Rough Guide provides a fascinating and accessible introduction to Earth science.

Shared Oceans Shared Future

Shared Oceans  Shared Future Author
ISBN-10 9781428966789
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Shared Oceans Shared Future has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Shared Oceans Shared Future also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Shared Oceans Shared Future book for free.