536 pages, B/w photos & illus, figs, tabs
Focuses on the key processes that govern the structure and function of coral-reef communities. The factors that shift the balance from growth to deterioration occur at all levels, from the cellular level to those taking place over geological time. This book presents an oganized account of these factors at all levels, how they interact, and how they are affected by human activities. A new model for ecosystem management is presented for the coral-reef ecosystem that is heuristic for managing the biosphere.
What sets it apart is that the editor, Chuck Birkeland, has charged his distinguished group of seventeen contributors with examining the ebb and flow of life on reefs, and how this can be affected by people. - Reef Encounter, JUly 1997
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