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Reefscape: Reflections On The Great Barrier Reef
by Rosaleen Love
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From Library Journal
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been studied before, but Love aims to explore its meaning as it is experienced by past, present, and future groups: mariners, fishermen, and pearl shellers, Aborigines, scientists, and tourists. The author of two collections of speculative fiction and editor of an anthology of Australian science writing, Love balances her historical views with personal perspective. Watching birds, she muses about the damage we do in spite of our awareness and care, and she counterposes beautiful descriptions of fauna with amounts, costs, and dates of the damage done. She strives to define her own relationship to the reef and is at her best when she matches her scholarship with her experiences, as in the chapter "Diving for Oldies," about the history of scuba diving and learning the sport at the age of 58. Reefscape provides a list of books for further reading and web sites of interest. Recommended for all libraries. Elizabeth C. Stewart, Portland, ME
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Sian Prior's Book Reviews, ABC Melbourne
...a sheer delight...a kind of psychological and spiritual analysis of why we are so fascinated by this huge living thing that is the Great Barrier Reef.
Marjorie Reaka-Kudla, Professor of Biology, University of Maryland-College Park
This gripping and compelling book tells the fascinating story of reefs, people, and places...a timeless book on a very timely topic.
Jerry R. Schubel, Ph.D., President of the New England Aquarium
Each chapter is a kaleidoscope of adventures on the Great Barrier Reef, all in the company of a keen observer and a graceful writer.
Cheryl Taylor, Literature in North Queensland
...its worth resides in its bringing together of scientific and historical research findings in an up-to-date, graceful synthesis...
CHOICE, December 2001
"... Love brings the reef to life... Highly recommended."
(William Henry Press) A journey through the science, the history, and the economic and social life of the Great Barrier Reef. Takes a lyrical, poetic narrative style and perspective to descriptions of the natural wonder, weaving the facts into an almost musical prose. DLC: Natural history--Australia--Great Barrier Reef.
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