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 greatest coral reef environment. specific an international historical past quarter, it's been topic to expanding pressures from tourism, fishing, toxins and weather switch, and is now secure as a marine park. This booklet presents an unique account of the environmental heritage of the nice Barrier Reef, in line with huge archival and oral heritage research. 

It records and explains the most human affects at the nice Barrier Reef when you consider that eu payment within the zone, focusing relatively at the century from 1860 to 1960 which has no longer formerly been totally documented, but which used to be a interval of unheard of exploitation of the surroundings and its assets. The publication describes the most adjustments in coral reefs, islands and marine natural world that resulted from these impacts. 

In more moderen a long time, human affects at the nice Barrier Reef have unfold, sped up and intensified, with implications for present administration and conservation practices. there's now greater clinical knowing of the threats confronted by means of the environment. but those smooth demanding situations take place opposed to a historical past of historic degrees of exploitation that's little-known, and that has diminished the ecosystem's resilience. the writer presents a compelling narrative of the way one of many world's so much iconic and susceptible ecosystems has been exploited and degraded, but additionally how a few early conservation practices emerged.

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