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The Great Barrier Reef
History, Science, Heritage

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521172790


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  • One of the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2000 kilometers in a maze of coral reefs along Australia's northeastern coastline. Until now, no biographer has brought the fascinating story behind its mystique into public view. This book provides a comprehensive cultural and ecological history of European impact on the reef, from early voyages of discovery to the most recent developments in reef science and management.

    • This was the first complete social and scientific history of one of the world's greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef
    • A thorough account of the scientific consequences of European impact on the world's greatest coral reef system
    • Based on over a decade of intensive archival, field and underwater research
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    "The book reflects competent scholarship and will be useful as supplemental reading for courses on conservation in the marine environment. Highly recommended." Choice

    "This richly detailed and meticulously researched work is w wonderful account of what is probably one of the most undervalued aspects of the GBR (Great Barrier Reef)-its scientific heritage. I greatly enjoyed this book and enthusiastically recommend it to anyone with an interest in the history of science, and particularly coral reef science, in Australia." Pacific Affairs, Simon Foale, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521172790
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Navigators and Naturalists in the Age of Sail:
    1. Quest for the great south land
    2. Voyage of the 'Endeavour': Cook and the Labyrinth
    3. Endeavour naturalists: 'a separate creation'
    4. Matthew Flinders: voyage of The Investigator
    5. The reef explored: early surveys 1821–1844
    6. Reef charts completed 1846–1862
    7. The reef as a maritime highway: colony of Queensland 1859–1900
    8. From natural history to science, 1850–1900: voyages of the Challenger and Chevert
    9. Exploitation and resource raiding 1860–1890
    10. For maximum yield: reef biology
    Part II. A New Era in Reef Awareness from Scientific Investigation to Conservation and Heritage:
    11. Origin and structure of coral reefs: from Forster to Darwin
    12. Darwin's legacy: coral reef controversy 1863–1923
    13. Exploitation challenged rise of ecology: the subversive science
    14. Reef research and controversy 1920–1930
    15. The Low Isles expedition 1928–1929: Planning and preparation
    16. Biological research of the Low Isles expedition
    17. From depression to war: tourism, conservation and science 1929–1939
    18. The Pacific War and its aftermath
    19. A new problem: the conservation controversy 1958–1972
    20. Crisis resolution: formation of an environmental management authority
    21. A new era: research-based management
    22. The reef under pressure: problems of management
    23. The reef as heritage: a challenge for the future.

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