By Charles Birkeland

ISBN-10: 9401772487

ISBN-13: 9789401772488

ISBN-10: 9402403701

ISBN-13: 9789402403701

This quantity investigates the consequences of human actions on coral reefs, which offer vital life-supporting platforms to surrounding normal and human groups. It examines the self-reinforcing ecological, monetary and technological mechanisms that degrade coral reef ecosystems round the world.

Topics comprise reefs and limestones in Earth historical past; the interactions among corals and their symbiotic algae; illnesses of coral reef organisms; the complicated triangle among reef fishes, seaweeds and corals; coral disturbance and restoration in a altering world.

In addition, the authors take key contemporary advances in DNA experiences under consideration which gives new insights into the inhabitants biology, styles of species distributions, contemporary evolution and vulnerabilities to environmental stresses. those DNA analyses additionally offer new understandings of the restrictions of coral responses and scales of administration essential to maintain coral reefs of their current states.

Coral reefs were crucial resources of foodstuff, source of revenue and assets to people for millennia. This ebook information the fragile stability that exists inside of those ecosystems in any respect scales, from geologic time to mobile interactions and explores how fresh international and native alterations impact this dating. it is going to function an crucial source for all these drawn to studying how human actions have affected this very important atmosphere round the world.

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