The Great Barrier Reef by James Woodford

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The Great Barrier Reef

In search of the real reef

by James Woodford

Pan Macmillan, 2010 [First Edition], ISBN 9781405039963, colour photographic plates, paperback

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, un-creased spine (see photographs)

"The real Great Barrier Reef is not just a single clown fish or a colony of branching staghorn coral.  It is not imply the crystal clear water, cocktails and beautiful bodies of the tourist ads.  Nor is it just the stage for murders, mishaps, shipwrecks, shark attacks, crocodile death-rolls or gropers that swallow men's heads whole and only sometimes spit them back out.
The real Great Barrier Reef is a living thing - a 2300-kilometre-long, untamed organism, made up of trillions of animals.  It is the magnificent and terrifying home to the wild things of nightmares and hallucinations.
James Woodford wanted to understand the real reef in all its complexity and along its entire, extraordinary length.  For a year he worked and dived with marine biologists, exploring it from the coral outpost of Lord Howe Island in the south to the crocodile-haunted waters at the reef's northern boundary in Cape York.  The Great Barrier Reef is a thrilling account of the reef - of its beauty, mystery and terror as it faces its greatest threat, rising sea temperatures that stem from global warming."



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