The Coral Reef

Examines the significance of coral reefs in a text with underwater photographs, charts, and illustrations that reveal this threatened environment.

Author: Angelo Mojetta

Publisher: White Star Editions

ISBN: 8854405655

Category: Nature

Page: 167

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Examines the significance of coral reefs in a text with underwater photographs, charts, and illustrations that reveal this threatened environment.

Coral Reefs An Ecosystem in Transition

This book covers in one volume materials scattered in hundreds of research articles, in most cases focusing on specialized aspects of coral biology.

Author: Zvy Dubinsky

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400701144

Category: Science

Page: 552

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This book covers in one volume materials scattered in hundreds of research articles, in most cases focusing on specialized aspects of coral biology. In addition to the latest developments in coral evolution and physiology, it presents chapters devoted to novel frontiers in coral reef research. These include the molecular biology of corals and their symbiotic algae, remote sensing of reef systems, ecology of coral disease spread, effects of various scenarios of global climate change, ocean acidification effects of increasing CO2 levels on coral calcification, and damaged coral reef remediation. Beyond extensive coverage of the above aspects, key issues regarding the coral organism and the reef ecosystem such as calcification, reproduction, modeling, algae, reef invertebrates, competition and fish are re-evaluated in the light of new research and emerging insights. In all chapters novel theories as well as challenges to established paradigms are introduced, evaluated and discussed. This volume is indispensible for all those involved in coral reef management and conservation.

What is Natural

This detailed account of the ongoing destruction of coral reef communities crystallizes one of sciences most profound questions--is there a balance of nature? 13 illustrations.

Author: Jan Sapp

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195161785

Category: Nature

Page: 275

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This detailed account of the ongoing destruction of coral reef communities crystallizes one of sciences most profound questions--is there a balance of nature? 13 illustrations.

Coral Reef Conservation

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Author: John D. Reynolds

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521855365

Category: Nature

Page: 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.

Life in the Coral Reef

Explains the formation, ecosystem, and life forms of coral reefs.

Author: Bobbie Kalman

Publisher:

ISBN: 0865056293

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Explains the formation, ecosystem, and life forms of coral reefs.

Coral Reef Ecology

Coral reef communities are among the most complex, mature and productive ecosystems on earth.

Author: Yuri I. Sorokin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642800467

Category: Science

Page: 465

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Coral reef communities are among the most complex, mature and productive ecosystems on earth. Their activity resulted in the creation of vast lime constructions. Being extremely productive and having the function of a powerful biofilter, coral reefs play an important role in global biogeochemical processes and in the reproduction of food resources in tropical marine regions. All aspects of coral reef science are covered systematically and on the basis of a holistic ecosystem approach. The geological history of coral reefs, their geomorphology as well as biology including community structure of reef biota, their functional characteristics, physiological aspects, biogeochemical metabolism, energy balance, environmental problems and management of resources are treated in detail.

Coral Reef Collapse

"With ... charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind ocean acidity and rising ocean temperatures to explain the threats facing coral reefs, and considers actions people and governments can take to ...

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The Snorkeller s Guide to the Coral Reef

"This book with its easy-to-follow chapter "Learning to Snorkel" is ideal for the novice on the coral reef.

Author: Paddy Ryan

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824816056

Category: Travel

Page: 184

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"This book with its easy-to-follow chapter "Learning to Snorkel" is ideal for the novice on the coral reef. It is also an invaluable resource for the more experienced snorkeller. Subsequent chapters deal with the coral animals and reef structure, the plants, worms, mollusks, echinoderms, crustacea, fishes, and reptiles. First aid and photographic hints are also covered. The more than 200 color photographs have substantial captions detailing unusual or interesting features of the plant and animal life of the reef ecosystem. Looking at the book's gorgeous photos of fantastic coral formations and exotic sea creatures will be enough to lure you into the water with a mask and snorkel... Valuable to ocean lovers anywhere." --Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Coral Reefs and Climate Change

The effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and related climate change on shallow coral reefs are gaining considerable attention for scientific and economic reasons worldwide.

Author: JonathanT. Phinney

Publisher: American Geophysical Union

ISBN: 9780875903590

Category: Science

Page: 244

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 61. The effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and related climate change on shallow coral reefs are gaining considerable attention for scientific and economic reasons worldwide. Although increased scientific research has improved our understanding of the response of coral reefs to climate change, we still lack key information that can help guide reef management. Research and monitoring of coral reef ecosystems over the past few decades have documented two major threats related to increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2: (1) increased sea surface temperatures and (2) increased seawater acidity (lower pH). Higher atmospheric CO2 levels have resulted in rising sea surface temperatures and proven to be an acute threat to corals and other reef-dwelling organisms. Short periods (days) of elevated sea surface temperatures by as little as 1–2°C above the normal maximum temperature has led to more frequent and more widespread episodes of coral bleaching-the expulsion of symbiotic algae. A more chronic consequence of increasing atmospheric CO2 is the lowering of pH of surface waters, which affects the rate at which corals and other reef organisms secrete and build their calcium carbonate skeletons. Average pH of the surface ocean has already decreased by an estimated 0.1 unit since preindustrial times, and will continue to decline in concert with rising atmospheric CO2. These climate-related Stressors combined with other direct anthropogenic assaults, such as overfishing and pollution, weaken reef organisms and increase their susceptibility to disease.

The Coral Reef

Describes the physical aspects and biodiversity of these colorful, complex ecosystems, focusing on inhabitants including anemones, jellyfish, crabs, sea horses, and spinner dolphins.

Author: Pam Walker

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816057030

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 140

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Describes the physical aspects and biodiversity of these colorful, complex ecosystems, focusing on inhabitants including anemones, jellyfish, crabs, sea horses, and spinner dolphins.

Coral Reefs of the Indian Ocean

In response to the inadequate information base for coral reefs, this book reviews the ecological and conservation status of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean, bringing together presentations of the region's leading scientists and ...

Author: T. R. McClanahan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195352173

Category: Science

Page: 552

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Coral reefs are among Earth's most diverse, productive, and beautiful ecosystems, but until recently, their ecology and the means to manage them have been poorly understood and documented. In response to the inadequate information base for coral reefs, this book reviews the ecological and conservation status of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean, bringing together presentations of the region's leading scientists and managers working on coral reefs. Coral Reefs of the Indian Ocean: Their Ecology and Conservation starts with a general overview of the biogeography of the region and a historical account of attempts to conserve this ecosystem. It goes on to describe the state of the reefs in each of the countries with coral reefs, and it concludes with a series of management case studies. The book also summarizes most of the existing ecological information on reefs in this region and efforts at management, making it useful for students, teachers, and investigators interested in tropical or marine ecology, conservation biology and management, and environmental sciences.

The Biology of Coral Reefs

A global range of examples is employed which gives the book international relevance. This accessible text is intended for students, naturalists and professionals and assumes no previous knowledge of coral reef biology.

Author: Charles R. C. Sheppard

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191057342

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Coral reefs represent the most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem on the planet as well as a critical source of income for millions of people. However, the combined effects of human activity have led to a rapid decline in the health of reefs worldwide, with many now facing complete destruction. This timely book provides an integrated overview of the function, physiology, ecology, and behaviour of coral reef organisms. Each chapter is enriched with a selection of 'boxes' on specific aspects written by internationally recognised experts. As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate this marine environment although pollution, conservation, climate change, and experimental aspects are also included. Indeed, particular emphasis is placed on conservation and management due to the habitat's critically endangered status. A global range of examples is employed which gives the book international relevance. This accessible text is intended for students, naturalists and professionals and assumes no previous knowledge of coral reef biology. It is particularly suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students (in departments of biology, geography, and environmental science) taking courses in coral reef ecology, marine biology, oceanography and conservation biology, as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic. It will also be of relevance and use to reef managers, recreational divers, and amateur naturalists.

Coral Reef

Packed with incredible facts, and featuring amazing underwater photography. Ideal introduction to the bustling underwater world of the coral reef.

Author: Roger Priddy

Publisher:

ISBN: 178341006X

Category: Coral reef animals

Page: 30

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Children can dive into the oceans to discover shimmering shoals of fish, colourful corals, deadly reef predators and more in this new Smart Kids book. Packed with incredible facts, and featuring amazing underwater photography. Ideal introduction to the bustling underwater world of the coral reef.

Life and Death Of Coral Reefs

This book presents what is known about factors that shift the balance between accretion and erosion, recruitment and mortality, stony corals and filamentous algae, recovery and degradation--the life and death of coral reefs.

Author: Charles Birkeland

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0412035413

Category: Science

Page: 536

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Coral reefs have shaped the surface of our planet far more than has any other ecosystem. They are dynamic systems, producing limestone at the rate of 400-2,000 tons per hectare per year, and influencing the chemical balance of the world's oceans. Coral reefs have been around since before the prairies or other ecosystems of flowering plants existed, yet they vanish about a million years before other groups of organisms each time there is a global mass extinction. They return after each catastrophe, however, following a long period of absence. Although coral reefs are the most productive communities in the sea, the fisheries of coral reefs are among the most vulnerable to overexploitation. Despite having the power to create the most massive structures in the world made by living creatures (including man), the thin veneer of living tissue of coral reef is particularly sensitive to natural disturbances and effects of human activities. Coral reefs are the first to go during periods of climate change, but they have always come back. This combination of attributes, creative power and fragility, resilience and sensitivity, makes management of coral-reef systems a challenge to science. Over 70% of the coral reefs in the Caribbean and Asian waters have been degraded, and perhaps a third of the 400 species of corals in Japanese waters are in danger of local extinction unless effective coastal management practices are established. This book presents what is known about factors that shift the balance between accretion and erosion, recruitment and mortality, stony corals and filamentous algae, recovery and degradation--the life and death of coral reefs. Insight into the factors controlling the direction of these processes is essential for appropriate management decisions.