A Reef in Time

A Reef in Time

Author: J.E.N. Veron

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Published: 2010-03-30

Total Pages: 312

ISBN-13: 0674257383

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Like many coral specialists fifteen years ago, J. E. N. Veron thought Australia's Great Barrier Reef was impervious to climate change. "Owned by a prosperous country and accorded the protection it deserves, it would surely not go the way of the Amazon rain forest or the parklands of Africa, but would endure forever. That is what I thought once, but I think it no longer." This book is Veron's Silent Spring for the world's coral reefs. Veron presents the geological history of the reef, the biology of coral reef ecosystems, and a primer on what we know about climate change. He concludes that the Great Barrier Reef and, indeed, most coral reefs will be dead from mass bleaching and irreversible acidification within the coming century unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed. If we don't have the political will to confront the plight of the world's reefs, he argues, current processes already in motion will become unstoppable, bringing on a mass extinction the world has not seen for 65 million years. Our species has cracked its own genetic code and sent representatives of its kind to the moon--we can certainly save the world's reefs if we want to. But to achieve this goal, we must devote scientific expertise and political muscle to the development of green technologies that will dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions and reverse acidification of the oceans.


Corals in Space and Time

Corals in Space and Time

Author: John Edward Norwood Veron

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Published: 1995

Total Pages: 340

ISBN-13: 9780801482632

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As concerns about the change in global climate and the loss of biodiversity have mounted, attention has focused on the depletion of the ozone layer and the destruction of tropical rainforests. But recently scientists have identified another seriously endangered ecosystem: coral reefs. In Corals in Space and Time, J.E.N. Veron provides a richly detailed study of corals that will inform investigations of these fragile ecosystems. Drawing on twenty-five years of research, Veron brings together extensive field observations about the taxonomy, biogeography, paleontology, and biology of corals. After introducing coral taxonomy and biogeography, as well as relevant aspects of coral biology for the non-specialist, he provides an interpretation of the fossil record and paleoclimates, an analysis of modern coral distribution, and a discussion of the evolutionary nature and origins of coral species. Revealing a sharp conflict between empirical observations about the geographical variation within species, Veron introduces a non-Darwinian theory of coral evolution. He proposes that the evolution of coral species is driven not primarily by natural selection, but by constantly shifting patterns of ocean circulation, which produce changing variations of genetic connectivity. This mechanism of speciation and hybridization has far-reaching consequences for the study of all types of corals and potentially many other groups of organisms as well.


Coral Reef

Coral Reef

Author: Caroline Bingham

Publisher: DK Children

Published: 2005

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9780756611255

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Following the cycle of life from the animals' point of view, this new series approaches the natural world in a completely unique way.


Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

Author: Jason Chin

Publisher: Macmillan

Published: 2011-10-25

Total Pages: 42

ISBN-13: 1596435631

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A young girl gets quite a surprise when the text of a library book she is reading transforms her surroundings into those of a teeming-with-life coral reef!


The Great Barrier Thief

The Great Barrier Thief

Author: Sue Pillans

Publisher:

Published: 2022-02-02

Total Pages: 32

ISBN-13: 9780648964049

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This story illustrates the impacts of climate change on our Great Barrier Reef. It is told through the eyes of a feisty fish called Anthia who starts to see the disappearing colours of the reef as a warning sign that the reef is in trouble


Over in the Ocean

Over in the Ocean

Author: Marianne Berkes

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Published: 2004-09-01

Total Pages: 35

ISBN-13: 1584694564

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Learning becomes fun with this book about the animals of the ocean! In Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef, amazing artwork will inspire kids in classrooms and at home to appreciate the beauty and biology of coral reefs and world around us! Brilliant artwork is the star of this oceanic counting book, based on the classic children's song "Over in the Meadow". Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfish that "puff," gruntfish that "grunt" and seahorses that "flutter," and begin to appreciate the animals in the ocean. And the clay art will inspire many a project. Parents, teachers, giftgivers, and many others will find: captivating illustrations of sculptures fashioned from polymer clay. backmatter that includes further information about the coral reef and the animals of the ocean. music and song lyrics to "Over in the Ocean" sung to the tune "Over in the Meadow"! a book for young readers learning to count!


Our Dying Planet

Our Dying Planet

Author: Peter Sale

Publisher: Univ of California Press

Published: 2011-08-02

Total Pages: 354

ISBN-13: 0520267567

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Weaving into the narrative his own firsthand field experiences around the world, the author, an ecologist brings ecology alive while giving a solid understanding of the science at work behind today's pressing environmental issues. He delves into topics including deforestation, biodiversity loss, over fishing, population growth, use of fossil fuel and climate change while discussing the real consequences of out growing ecological footprint. Coral reefs are on track to become the first ecosystem actually eliminated from the planet. So says the author in this crash course on the state of the planet. He draws from his own extensive work on coral reefs, and from recent research by other ecologists, to explore the many ways we are changing the Earth and to explain why it matters. Most important, this book emphasizes that a gloom-and-doom scenario is not inevitable, and as the author explores alternative paths, he considers the ways in which science can help us realize a better future.


Life in a Coral Reef

Life in a Coral Reef

Author: Wendy Pfeffer

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: 2009-09-01

Total Pages: 42

ISBN-13: 0060295538

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Coral reefs are beautiful underwater cities that bustle with excitement and activity. From clown fish to spiny lobsters, hundreds of plants and animals live on coral reefs, making them one of nature's greatest treasures. What happens during a typical day in these marine metropolises? Read and find out!


Coral Reef Ecosystem in Space and Time

Coral Reef Ecosystem in Space and Time

Author: I︠U︡riĭ I︠A︡kovlevich Latypov

Publisher: Nova Science Publishers

Published: 2016

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781634847056

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This lavishly illustrated book explores the concept of reef ecosystems and its characteristics. It provides a conceptual description of reefs and their functions. This compilation also outlines the general species composition and structure of coral reefs and their corallobionts. Described and illustrated are the main inhabitants of the reef community. Various types of reefs (fringing, barrier, platform etc.) in different regions of Vietnam, along with their conditions and statuses are catalogued as well. Reef ecosystems traced under anthropogenic influence and the impact of typhoons are included. This book shows the possibilities of artificially cultivating corals and the rebuilding of their communities.