Written by a reef ecology expert, this beautifully illustrated guide to coral reefs provides a timely reminder of the beauty and importance of these essential ecosystems
Home to a quarter of all marine species, coral reefs are one of the most spectacular and diverse habitats on the planet. Drawing on the latest scientific research taking place across the globe, this book discusses the importance of coral reefs for sea and coastal life. It describes the diverse varieties of coral reef and their many and varied inhabitants, and explains how they adapt to their ever-changing environment. It also looks at how they provide a food resource, livelihood, and coastal protection for many millions of people, as well as examining the threats to their existence and the latest conservation methods. It's illustrated with images of live reefs from around the world and specially photographed specimens from the Natural History Museum, London, including corals of great significance collected on early and more recent expeditions.
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Anne Sheppard is a researcher at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick. Her main focus of research is reef ecology and monitoring reef health and she has been on many research expeditions over the last 40 years. She has also taken many land and underwater photographs and these are used to promote conservation of coral reefs.
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Descrizione libro Natural History Museum, London, 2015. Condizione libro: new. Shiny and new! Expect delivery in 20 days. Codice libro della libreria 9780565093563-1