The Great Barrier Reef: An Environmental History (Earthscan Oceans)

The Great Barrier Reef: An Environmental History (Earthscan Oceans)

Ben Daley


The nice Barrier Reef is found alongside the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia and is the world's biggest coral reef environment. distinctive an international historical past quarter, it's been topic to expanding pressures from tourism, fishing, toxins and weather swap, and is now safe as a marine park. This booklet presents an unique account of the environmental background of the nice Barrier Reef, according to huge archival and oral background research. 

It records and explains the most human affects at the nice Barrier Reef on the grounds that eu payment within the zone, focusing rather at the century from 1860 to 1960 which has now not formerly been absolutely documented, but which was once a interval of unheard of exploitation of the environment and its assets. The booklet describes the most alterations in coral reefs, islands and marine natural world that resulted from these impacts. 

In more moderen many years, human affects at the nice Barrier Reef have unfold, sped up and intensified, with implications for present administration and conservation practices. there's now higher medical figuring out of the threats confronted via the surroundings. but those smooth demanding situations happen opposed to a history of historic degrees of exploitation that's little-known, and that has lowered the ecosystem's resilience. the writer presents a compelling narrative of ways one of many world's so much iconic and weak ecosystems has been exploited and degraded, but in addition how a few early conservation practices emerged.

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