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Published: 01 July 2021

152 Pages | 20 black and white images

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198869825

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Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Charles Sheppard

Very Short Introductions

  • Explores the vibrant and diverse ecosystems of coral reefs
  • Explains how coral reefs are created and have evolved
  • Emphasizes the threats coral reefs face and the conservation efforts in place
  • Discusses the important role of politics, governance, and human behaviour in arresting the decline of coral reefs
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • Considers the consequences of the pair of ocean heatwaves in 2015 and 2016 that killed about half of the world's corals
  • Contains new research on the coral animals and their numerous and complex symbioses with mico-organisms