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The coral reef era : from discovery to decline : a history of scientific investigation from 1600 to the Anthropocene epoch

Author: James Bowen; Mavourna Collits
Publisher: Cham ; New York ; Dordrecht : Springer, [2015] ©2015
Series: Humanity and the sea.
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On 4 June 1629, the Batavia, pride of the Dutch East India Company Fleet, was wrecked on her maiden voyage in a seemingly empty expanse of the Indian Ocean. The question "how did this happen?" led to 300 years of investigation by those curious to solve the enigma: what are corals, and how are coral reefs formed? Relying heavily on primary source material Part 1 traces the sequential evolution of scientific thought  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Bowen, James, 1928-2012.
Coral reef era : from discovery to decline : a history of scientific investigation from 1600 to the Anthropocene epoch.
Cham ; New York ; Dordrecht : Springer, [2015]
(OCoLC)903959494
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Bowen; Mavourna Collits
ISBN: 9783319074788 3319074784
OCLC Number: 902616858
Notes: Manuscript edited for publication by Mavourna Collits after James Bowen's death in December 2012 (Acknowledgements, page x).
Description: xv, 195 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: Part I. The natural history quest, 1600-1900. The coral reef enigma --
The scientific revolution of the 17th century --
Discovery of the polyp --
Origin and structure of coral reefs --
The era of intensive investigation, 1788-1857 --
Embryos, archetypes and evolution --
Darwinism : the new driving force in biology --
Reef construction and symbionts --
Part II. A new era in reef science. Field studies and taxonomic revision, 1901-1945 --
Ecosystem analysis and nuclear technology --
A changing global environment : international response --
Climate anomalies and the El Niño phenomenon --
Bioturbation : unpredictable expansion --
A new enigma : deciphering the synergism --
Climate change and the future of reefs --
Coral reefs in an uncertain world : the Anthropocene epoch.
Series Title: Humanity and the sea.
Responsibility: James Bowen.

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"How long will the coral reefs of the world be alive? Australian ecologist James Bowen ... attempted to answer this question through a historical study of how knowledge of reefs and reef creatures Read more...

 
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