The Reef

The Reef

A Passionate History

Book - 2014 | First American edition
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"A journey into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, as experienced by explorers, scientists, and artists"-- Provided by publisher.
"A journey into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, as experienced by explorers, scientists, and artists The Great Barrier Reef is the most spectacular marine environment on earth, a true wonder of the world. Yet the history of our encounters with it has long been elusive. In The Reef, the acclaimed historian and explorer Iain McCalman recounts in full the dramatic story of the reef and the people who have been captivated by it for two centuries. The Reef is a narrative told through the lives of twenty intrepid souls, from Captain James Cook and his voyage across a mysterious coral maze to the world's leading reef scientist, John "Charlie" Veron, whose personal mission is to rescue the reef from catastrophe. The extraordinary individuals in the book--not only explorers and scientists but also beachcombers, photographers, divers, and indigenous peoples and the castaways they adopted--were drawn to the reef for different reasons, but all shared one thing: a passion for this vast coral country. As McCalman explores how the reef has been seen variously as a labyrinth of terror, a nurturing heartland, a scientific challenge, and a fragile global wonder, he argues that it is only by combining science and art that we will truly appreciate how this great gift of nature has shaped us and why it demands our attention. A classic work of romantic history, blending cutting-edge science with personal reflection and gorgeous images, The Reef is a beautiful book that will speak to broad audiences for years to come"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374248192
Branch Call Number: 994.3 McCa
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue. A country of the mind
Labyrinth : Captain Cook's entrapment
Barrier : Matthew Flinders's dilemma
Cage : Eliza Fraser's hack writer
Bastion : Joseph Jukes's epiphanies
Hearth : Barbara Thompson, the ghost maiden
Heartlands : the lost lives of Karkynjib and Anco
Refuge : William Kent escapes his past
Paradise : Ted Banfield's island retreat
Obsession : the quest to prove the origins of the reef
Symbiosis : Cambridge dons on a coral cay
War : a poet, a forester, and an artist join forces
Extinction : Charlie Veron, Darwin of the coral
Epilogue. A country of the heart


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May 28, 2015

I skimmed Chap 1-11 and found them "just history" which I don't need right now (I'm writing my own book).

However, Chap 12 and the Epilogue were Pure Gold!

ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

More than 1,400 miles in length, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure ever built by living organisms (so big it's visible from space). This organic maze of coral reefs, islands, and estuaries is one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet, home to thousands of species from microscopic organisms to megafauna. However, like other natural wonders, it's also in danger of being destroyed by human activity. While describing the natural history (extensive) and ecological value (priceless) of the Reef, author Iain McCalman traces the region's influence on European explorers, indigenous peoples, and individuals inspired by its unique natural beauty. Pick up this book and learn more about this amazing place while it still exists. Nature and Science Newsletter August 2014.


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