The Great Barrier Reef

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Pat Hutchings (Editor), Michael Kingsford (Editor), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Editor)
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The iconic and beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. With contributions from international experts, this timely and fully updated second edition of The Great Barrier Reef describes the animals, plants and other organisms of the reef, as well as the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them. It contains new chapters on shelf slopes and fisheries and addresses pressing issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and disease, and invasive species. The Great Barrier Reef is a must-read for the interested reef tourist, student, researcher and environmental manager. While it has an Australian focus, it can equally be used as a reference text for most Indo-Pacific coral reefs.

It is the sea country home for the first Australians — more than 70 Traditional Owner groups — whose connections to the marine environment date back more than 60,000 years. The Great Barrier Reef is a living thing - precious and fragile. It's is the only living thing on earth that is visible from space.

We must act now if it is going to survive through future decades. Understanding what is actually causing the reef to die can seem overwhelming given all the various reasons. The Great Barrier Reef makes up about 10 per cent of the world's coral reef ecosystems, and is one of the best known and most complex natural systems on Earth.