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World Atlas of Coral Reefsby Mark D. Spalding
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Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world, host to an extraordinary variety of marine plants and animals. They are also one of the world's most fragile and endangered ecosystems. The growth of mass tourism, combined with the boom in popularity of scuba diving, has brought these spectacular ecosystems to public attention across the planet.
Coral reefs provide essential fish habitat, support endangered and threatened species, and harbor protected marine mammals and turtles. They are a significant source of food, provide income and employment through tourism and marine recreation, and offer countless other benefits to humans, including supplying compounds for pharmaceuticals. Yet coral reefs around the world are rapidly being degraded by a number of human activities, such as overfishing, coastal development, and the introduction of sewage, fertilizer, and sediment.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs provides the first detailed and definitive account of the current state of our planet's coral reefs. With its wealth of authoritative and up-to-date information, the finest maps available, and detailed descriptive texts and images by leading experts, this full-color volume will be a critical resource for anyone interested in these vital environments.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs contains eighty four full-page newly researched and drawn color maps, together with more than two hundred color photos illustrating reefs, reef animals, and images taken from space by NASA astronauts during the 2000 and 2001 space shuttle flights. The authors provide a wealth of information on the geography, biodiversity, and human uses of coral reefs, as well as details about the threats totheir existence.
Book News Annotation:
This authoritative, thorough reference, replete with numerous detailed maps, color illustrations, and tables of data, is published in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), whose mission is to provide scientifically rigorous products and services related to the environment. It begins with overview material about reefs—their importance, threats to their survival, and reef mapping—then proceeds country by country (within regions), identifying particular characteristics and the state of reef health in each area. The volume is slightly oversize: 8.5x12<">. The three authors (Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, and Edmund P. Green) are all affiliated with UNEP- WCMC.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This text provides a detailed and definitive account of the current state of our planet's coral reefs in 2001. With maps, descriptive texts and images by experts, this full-colour atlas should be a valid resource for anyone interested in these vital environments.
An up-to-date, detailed, and fully-illustrated account of the biodiversity and status of coral reefs.
About the Author
Mark D. Spalding is Senior Programme Officer of UNEP-WCMC's Marine and Coastal Programme. Corinna Ravilious is a geographic information systems technical officer at UNEP-WCMC, and Edmund P. Green is head of UNEP-WCMC's Marine and Coastal Programme.
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