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The Great Barrier Reef : history, science, heritage
Bowen, James.
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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xvii, 454 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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Errata slip inserted.
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QH197 .B69 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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One of the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2000 kilometres in a maze of coral reefs and islands along Australia's north-eastern coastline. Now unfolding the fascinating story behind its mystique this 2002 book provides for the first time a comprehensive cultural and ecological history of European impact, from early voyages of discovery to developments in Reef science and management. Incisive and a delight to read in its thorough account of the scientific, social and environmental consequences of European impact on the world's greatest coral reef system, this extraordinary book is sure to become a classic.

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This is the second major work on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) to appear within the past year. Although the first (The Great Barrier Reef: Finding the Right Balance, by David Lawrence, Richard Kenchington, and Simon Woodley, 2002) was devoted to the establishment of the GBR Marine Park and its conservation problems, this one is primarily a historic treatise. It begins with the discoveries made by the early Portuguese and Spanish navigators, continues with the voyage of Captain Cook and subsequent expeditions, and then examines recent scientific work. The coverage is broad enough to provide readers with an authoritative history of the exploration of the general South Pacific area. The final two chapters are devoted to the current status of the GBR and its multiple management problems. There are 16 pages of good photographic illustrations. The book reflects competent scholarship and will be useful as supplemental reading for courses on conservation in the marine environment. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. C. Briggs emeritus, University of Georgia

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 1821âÇô1844
6 Reef charts completed 1846âÇô1862
7 The reef as a maritime highway: colony of Queensland 1859âÇô1900
8 From natural history to science, 1850âÇô1900: voyages of the Challenger and Chevert
9 Exploitation and resource raiding 1860âÇô1890
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 1863âÇô1923
13 Exploitation challenged rise of ecology: the subversive science
14 Reef research and controversy 1920âÇô1930
15 The Low Isles expedition 1928âÇô1929: Planning and preparation
16 Biological research of the Low Isles expedition
17 From depression to war: tourism, conservation and science 1929âÇô1939
18 The Pacific War and its aftermath
19 A new problem: the conservation controversy 1958âÇô1972
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