The Great Barrier Reef: History, Science, Heritage

The Great Barrier Reef: History, Science, Heritage

by James Bowen, Margarita Bowen


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521172790
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/17/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 492
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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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