|About the Book|
Written by a reef ecology expert, this beautifully illustrated guide to coral reefs provides a timely reminder of the beauty and importance of these essential ecosystemsHome to a quarter of all marine species, coral reefs are one of the most spectacular and diverse habitats on the planet. Drawing on the latest scientific research taking place across the globe, this book discusses the importance of coral reefs for sea and coastal life. It describes the diverse varieties of coral reef and their many and varied inhabitants, and explains how they adapt to their ever-changing environment. It also looks at how they provide a food resource, livelihood, and coastal protection for many millions of people, as well as examining the threats to their existence and the latest conservation methods. Its illustrated with images of live reefs from around the world and specially photographed specimens from the Natural History Museum, London, including corals of great significance collected on early and more recent expeditions.