The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

Stretching 1,400 miles along the Australian coast and visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is home to three thousand individual reefs, more than nine hundred islands, and thousands of marine species, and has alternately been viewed as a deadly maze, an economic bounty, a scientific frontier, and a precarious World Heritage site. Now the historian and explorer Iain McCalman takes us on a new adventure into the reef to reveal how our shifting perceptions of the… (more)

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An impassioned book, an admirer’s argument about what needs to be cherished as much as a scholar’s history of how the Reef came to be understood.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 20, 2014)

Collection: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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