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First Softcover Edition. During the late s and s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish suddenly began to infest coral reef communities around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to that of a burnt-out rain forest. Discussions of the causes and effects of the starfish plague involved virtually every environmental issue of our time: Overfishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, and overpopulation. While many marine scientists and environmentalists demanded that action be taken to stop the plagues, others maintained that the epidemic is a natural feature of coral-reef life, and ecological "balance of nature" that should not be tampered with.
The starfish plagues are arguably one of the most mysterious ecological phenomena of the current time. Through the window of this singular even, this book lucidly illustrates the complexity of environmental issues while probing the most fundamental questions about the relationship between man and nature. Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller. Book Description Oxford University Press, Language: English. Brand new Book. Indeed, discussions of the cause of the starfish plagues have involved virtually every environmental issueof our timeover-fishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, and over-populationbut many marine biologists maintain that the epidemic is a natural feature of coral-reef life, an ecological "balance of nature" that should not to be tampered with until we know the scientific truth of thecrisis.
And what if an environmental emergency cannot wait for a rigorous scientific search for "the truth?
Through the window of this singlular event, What is Natural lucidly illustrates the complexity of environmental issues while probing the most fundamental questions about the relationship between man and nature. Seller Inventory AAV New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since Seller Inventory LQ Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days.
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Publisher: Oxford University Press , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title During the late s and s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish suddenly began to infest coral reef communities around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to a burnt-out rainforest. Review : Students of marine biology have long been fascinated by the superorganisms called coral reefs, formed over thousands of years from skeletal remains and other matter.
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Sapp has written a masterful story of the crown-of-thorns starfish controversy. It is not only a story of the relationship of coral-reef science to ecology and the politics of environmentalism but also a stark illustration of how poorly we understand the biology of coral reefs--one of the most diverse ecosystems covering more than one million square kilometers of our planet.
He offers lucid accounts of technical reports and the media's spin of the story, as well as in-depth profiles of the major players. This is a genuine interest to all those interested in the history of science, especially for those interested in the development of ideas in ecology and coral-reef science. It gives coral-reef scientists insight into the context of their own development. Through interviews with the scientists and environmentalists most closely involved, Sapp's lively account of scientific issues and personality conflicts reveals that such shocking environmental upheavals hold signallessons for us today.
source This thoroughly documented account is rich in anecdotes from the Dante-esque comedy of human investigations. A sensitive inquiry into the fundamental problems of complexity and stability that human beings have yet to solve. Current promotions. Bestsellers in Marine Habitat. Rocky Shores. More Info. Exploring Britain's Hidden World. The Essential Guide to Rockpooling. Reef Life. Blue Planet II. The Biology of Coral Reefs. Marine Conservation. Marine Protected Areas. The Beachcomber's Guide to Marine Debris.
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