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This stunning 3 volume boxed set comprising almost 1400 pages, is one of the most comprehensive and spectacular works on corals ever to be produced.
Corals of the World is the principal outcome of a major research programme undertaken by the Australian Institute of Marine Science. It's a comprehensive, easy to use, reference work for coral biologists and non-specialists alike.
This magnificent boxed set is packed with information for coral enthusiasts, marine biologists and nature-lovers. It emphasises the natural beauty of corals as never before, highlighting their conservation value around the world.
Full colour throughout with more than 3,300 underwater photographs



This book is truly all the recreational diver will ever need to ID all reef fish, inverts and corals. It is also useful to people doing surveys, especially students and people working on basic transects. The photography and descriptions are excellent and comprehensive for all but the Caribbean.



A comprehensive field guide for aquarists, divers and naturalists, with detailed full color photographs of hundreds of species, encompassing the majority of coral genera one is likely to encounter on reefs around the world, This book defines corals and distinguishes them form similar hydrozoans, zoanthids, and corallimorpharia. The corals are described and compared to similar looking species, and their range and the correct pronunciation of the Latin name is given.

In addition, for aquarists who grow corals in reef aquariums, information is provided in quick reference charts concerning each coral's requirements for light, water movement, and food, hardiness in captivity, aggressiveness toward other corals, and proper positioning in the aquarium.

About the Author
Julian Sprung began studying marinelife more than 30 years ago in his native South Florida. He is a biologist, author, photographer, and aquarium design consultant. His research of coral reef ecosystems in nature and in specially designed reef aquariums has invovled travel to many countries. Julian writes about his work for various aquarium hobby publications, and his monthly column, "Reef Notes" in Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine has been compiled in a book series called Reef Notes Revisited and Revised. Julian also co-wrote with J. Charles Delbeek the books, The Reef Aquarium volumes one and two, considered the "bibles" on the subject.



530 classic photographs of living specimens and the most current scientific classifications help identify virtually every species of stony coral, gorgonian, fire coral and black coral in the tropical western Atlantic.



While coral reefs cover less than two percent of Earth's continental shelf area, they are the most biologically diverse marine habitats in the world. Prepared at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-World Conservation Monitoring Center, this reference best described as an "atlas plus" provides a comprehensive and detailed account of all the world's coral reefs. Each area of the world's reefs has its own chapter, with sections for each country; coverage includes location, description, maps, photographs, health assessment, and legal protection status. Also included are several excellent introductory chapters on the definition of coral reefs, biodiversity, ecological threats and responses, and reef mapping. An extensive bibliography is included with each chapter, along with information on the sources for the chapter maps. While this atlas will serve as a valuable reference for scientists (one of our biologists has already recommended it to our library), it is also accessible to lay readers and students interested in ecology, scuba diving, marine biology, geography, or just good photographs. A number of other books treat coral reefs (almost all of them listed in the chapter bibliographies), but none is as comprehensive and as current as this work. Highly recommended for all public, high school, and academic libraries



This concise, easy-to-use, full color identification guide explores the extraordinary array of sea life found throughout the reefs of Florida, northern gulf of Mexico, Central America, Caribbean Islands, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Netherlands Antilles, and Bermuda. Reef Fishes, Corals and Invertebrates of the Caribbean will prove to be an invaluable resource to divers, snorkelers, and underwater photographers who visit this beautiful dive destination.



One of the great joys of diving, writes the author, is discovering the spaciousness of the underwater world. Novelist Harrigan ( Aransas )sic gives a sparkling account of an extended visit to the Caribbean's Grand Turk Island, where he explored a coral reef and observed such colorful sea creatures as polyps, stingrays and octupuses. Entranced by the grace with which turtles glide since one can't 'fly' thru water? or stet 'flights' as poetic effect?/meant for poetic effect, but glide is good.gs through water, he muses about the species in a long essay, amusingly noting that the leatherback is the only variety without staggeringly bad breath. Harrigan also reports on his encounters with other divers, one of whom he saved from drowning, and his experience as the first paying guest at an underwater lodge in Key Largo (Debussy's La Mer was among the records in his room). As he surveys diving through the ages, the author hopes for the development of lighter gear. The book may well inspire readers to check their equipment and begin planning their next trip to a coral reef.



The book contains lots of photos and description of different dive sites around the great barrier reef. However I believe it would be impossible to expect to the book to include all dive sites.  this is a book I enjoy reading it again and again



In this work of scientific journalism, Osha Gray Davidson surveys the condition of the world's great coral-reef systems, which offer habitat to countless diverse species of marine life. Many of those systems are now threatened by development--some, ironically, by the construction of resorts for the ecotourism market. Others have been destroyed by the fishing industry's use of dynamite and cyanide to bring in catches. Some 10 percent of the world's reefs, we learn in Davidson's pages, are already damaged beyond recovery, and another 30 percent are in grave danger of joining them. Combining firsthand travel narrative with abundant documentary research, Davidson makes a good case for the importance of conserving the reefs that remain.



With more than 500 species described and more than 400 illustrations, this guide provides quick and easy visual identification of fishes, mollusks, sponges, shrimps, lobsters, crabs, and much more of the fauna found on the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Florida.



"Coral Reefs" is a must-have for nature enthusiasts, environmentalists and ocean lovers. This book is an excellent general introduction to coral reefs and is full of fascinating facts and fabulous four-color photographs. It presents scientific insights and information in a way that is not only readable but highly enjoyable to a popular audience.

This book explores the major regions where coral reefs live, which include the Bahamas Bank in the greater Caribbean region, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef structure in the world. Readers will become familiar with the interlocking web of life that the reefs support, as well as how the reefs form and grow.

About one third of the world's reefs have been killed or nearly so by abuse and overuse, and many reefs still classified as living are poor shadows of their former, vibrant selves. In "Coral Reefs", Dr. Sheppard discusses the many causes of this collapse and informs readers of the continuing threats that these living treasures face.



A master of underwater photography, David Doubilet captured his first images at the age of 12 in the cold, murky waters of New Jersey in the late 1950s, an era when the equipment was primitive and every picture was a struggle heavily dependent on luck. Since then, due in no small part to Doubilet’s contributions, underwater photography has advanced rapidly, allowing the world to see clearly the once invisible beauty and mystery that lies beneath the surface of the world’s oceans.

For many years, Doubilet, a veteran National Geographic photographer, has worked to photograph the entire length of Australia’s immense and spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef is the stunning culmination of his efforts. This breathtaking, collector-quality edition features 125 spectacular photographs and essays that capture the complex web of life along the 1,250-mile length of the Great Barrier Reef and presents a rare, complete portrait of this natural underseas wonder.



This is an unusual work because of its partly textbook, partly "comic book" format, but don't let that fool you. The author presents a wealth of information on the extremely complex, multi-faceted animal and plant interrelationships of Hawaii's coral reef ecosystem. He has pulled together an enormous amount of data from the scientific journal literature (where it is widely scattered and basically unavailable to lay readers) and has organized and presented this knowledge in his own unique, original and easy-to-assimilate style. From some of the comments below, it is clear that some people don't take to his style, but I found it refreshing, amusing at times, and certainly easier to read than a standard textbook. He has simplified, but not dumbed down the information, and illustrated it with numerous photographs and drawings. This book is really jam packed with illustrative material. (If you are looking for a lot of gorgeous underwater photographs, however, this book will disappoint. These are working photos, not pretty pictures for the most part.) For solid information on how a reef ecosystem works this is as good an introduction as you are likely to get. In fact, it's pretty much unique. I know of nothing else like it and I learned a tremendous amount by reading it. I should mention that, as the title indicates, the book is limited pretty much to Hawaiian reefs, which have fewer species and are probably less complex than reefs in the Caribbean or western Pacific. But the basic relationships and ideas hold true for all coral reefs. Yes, perhaps the author could be seen as a bit preachy, but he is devoted to protecting Hawaii's reefs and shouldn't be faulted for that. I give this book high marks for its originality and for the sheer amount of complex information the author has managed to present. If you are deeply interested in the subject of coral reef ecology, definitely get this book. If you are only marginally interested in coral reefs, well--you may find the book only marginally interesting. That's my take.



This is a cultural and environmental history of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia since the first encounter of Europeans. The story is as much about physical exploration and discovery as it is about scientific investigation and ecological management and mismanagement. A strict chronological discussion is sometimes abandoned in order to discuss such issues as Charles Darwin's study of reef formation, the examination of reef geology, and Reef-related issues of the global environment



Roger Steene is one of the most technically proficient and aesthetically sensit ive underwater photographers working today. It's no surprise, then, that 'Coral Seas' includes crisp portraits of brilliantly colored fishes, shy spidery crustaceans and as lew of bizarre creatures 'new to science'-all the dazzling, eye-popping images you'd expect form coffee-table books of this sort. Unlike authors of similar books, Steene also provides spectacular photos taken through the lens of a microscope...



"The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs provides an excellent review of current knowledge on the ecology of coral reef fish... The book provides an excellent summary and evaluation of current thinking in the ecology of fishes on coral reefs and deserves to be widely read by students, research scientists and reef managers alike.
This is an excellent book that will serve not just as an information and literature reference for future reef fish researchers: it will also serve as a fountain from which all ecologists will draw a cornucopia of ideas."


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