& TROPICAL REEFS,
and their inhabitants.
- INDO-PACIFIC FIELD GUIDE
Erhardt & Daniel Knop.
last - a first class reference on hard and soft corals, gorgonians and
sea anemones that is both authorative and interesting. Like all IKAN series
publication, it has the standard hardcover format, 304 pages, gloss art
paer, and over a thousand full colour photographs. Divided into the accepted
categories of genus within family within order, this is an excellent identification
guide with generally three colour images per page, and commences with a
general introduction to corals and coral reefs. Like all IKAN books it
contains picture stories, eleven in this case, including essays on man's
influence on coral colonies, the commercialism of red coral, coral farming,
propagation of soft corals, corals unde the microscope, coral bleaching,
coral spawning, and the obiquitous Crown-of-Thorns starfish. Covers the
huge region from the Red Sea through to the west coast of the Americas.
AUSTRALIA AND THE INDO-PACIFIC
If you require a book to
identify corals, if you need to understand the physiology of coral colonies
and habitats - if you just want a magnificent book on the foundations of
the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs and atolls, then this is it. It
is a massive work, extremely comprehensive as would be expected of a Principal
Research Scientist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Commencing
with a treatise on the formation of coral reefs, coral communities and
coral biology, the book extends into more than 500 pages of species identification
by Family, with map showing distribution. A thorough index assists
the reader/researcher. Hardcover, dustwrapper, large A4 format, 645, p,
full colour throughout.
NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CORAL REEF
text based on Great Barrier Reef - building of a coral reef, ecosystem,
marine animals. This is the book that gives you the real meaning behind
the foundation of a coral reef, and how it evolves.
151 pages, colour. $19.95
||AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO
CORAL REEF FISHES AND INVERTEBRATES
Michael Aw with Sara Baggott.
An Indepth Awareness &
Identification Guide with Photographic Tips.
Ocean Geographic Society,
Australia. Published 2011.
Softcover, 226 pages, full
colour throughout, separate index for Fishes and Invertebrates.
Michael Aw is an exceptional
underwater photography with, I am told, a pretty good knowledge of marine
life. (Michael gets a snapshot and biog in the back of the book - Sara
misses out. He is not a marine biologist - perhaps co-author Sara Baggott
has such qualifications - but no matter, this is an excellent indetification
guide just enough text to give a deeper understanding of exotic - as they
are - marine life in tropical waters. And as expected, the photographs
and crisp and relevant. All of Michael's publications lean toward a sincere
trend toward conservation of marine life, which he expresses through education.
As an identification guide, it excells with some eight images per page
- there are over 850 photographs. Content is divided into Fishes and Invertibrates,
(90 and 108 pages respectively); add chapters (s0me short admitedly) include
Type of Reefs, How to ID Fisahes, How to Make Better Pictures Underwater.
new copy left - $36.00.
CORALS. Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History
Eric H. Borneman.
Although the book is written
for those wishing to keep corals in an aquarium, this is one of the best
book I have seen on the natural history of corals. And understandably so,
for if you wish to keep corals in an habitat, you need to understand their
natural life in some detail. It is also an excellent book as a means of
identification, the greater part of the book being devoted to this. Other
chapters cover the symbiotic relationship with algae, competition and reproduction,
feeding, anatomy, taxonomy, and conservation. An excellent authorative
book even if you have no intention to keep an aquarium.
Hardcover, medium format
22- x 240 mm, 464 pages, full colour throughoput, index, extensive bibliography,
no longer available. May still be in print.
Nice work from this nomadic
travel agent who covers the Caribbean, Red Sea, Micronesia, PNG, Fiji,
and a few other 'Islands of Spellbinding Beauty'. An upmarket divers guide
to the world's top dive sites with examples of Roessler's excellent underwater
Hardcover, 216p, full colour,
large format 240x300mm.
OF THE WORLD - Three Volumes.
Veron (author) and Mary Stafford-Smith (Scientific Editor and Producer).
3,000 photographs are included in this definitve work on the worldd's corals.
Covering three hardcover volumes in a slipcase, the 1350 pages of full
colour is one of the the most comprehensive, authoritative and spectacular
producctions ever given to a group of marine organisms. It now superseeds
Veron's brilliant Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific first published
in 1986. Apart from being an identification guide, chapters include ‘what
are species?', evolution, biogeogrpahy, the fossil record, coral reefs,
the structure of corals, reproduction and the history of coral studies.
A glossary explains all terminology. Non technical summaries distinquish
the features of the species, genera and families. This really is a magnificent
work in every respect. $245.00. SORRY -
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
REEF ANIMALS OF THE INDO-PACIFIC
life from Africa to Hawaii exclusive of vertebrates'.
M.Gosliner, David W. Behrens, Gary C. Williams.
is a superb full colour quarto size, 320 page softcover book containing
over 1100 photographs by 52 photographers, printed on quality art paper.
It covers all the invertebrate animals from Anemones to Starfish, with
four species per page, each with a colour photo, and includes many temperate
water species. This scientific field guide is ideal for general identification
and knowledge and aimed at the sport diver as well as the more scientifically
educated reader. The introduction is particularly superb giving an excellent
text on evolution, animal phylogeny, and the formation of coral reefs.
we no longer sell this.
REEFS - CITIES UNDER SEA. Richard C. Murphy. $84.00
is a book that inspires and educates. The original and imaginative theme
is based on a metaphor of our own city living, describing how the life
in the sea requires organisation, discipline, rules and regulations just
as our society and cities demand. Each chapter depicts the community of
a working life under the waves, juxtaposed with our own urban existence.
Here we have, as we do, Power Plants and Farms, Waste Management and Recycling,
Construction and Public Housing, Public Health, Conflict and Cooperation,
Advertising, Personal Lives, and Social Security. Murphy's succinct text
is illustrated by excellent, relevant, photographs, yet this is not a ‘book
of underwater photographs'. Although of medium format (26 x 26 cm), it
defies the definition of a ‘coffee table book', devoid of images for the
sake of art, and encourages reading from cover to cover. Whereas the fine
photographs are technically clean and straightforward, the inspiration
comes from a realisation that there is a wondrous community beneath the
sea with similar problems to that which we humans experience. A superb,
unique book. Hardcover, dust jacket, 178 pages, full colour throughout.
no longer available. May be out of print.
||CORAL REEFS. NATURE'S
Walter and Jean Deas.
This is an excellent book
for the identification of the main species of hard and soft corals, together
with a background on coral reefs, their formation and the animals that
create them. There is sufficient natural science text to be educational
without being overwhelming, and is written in an easy to read style very
much in the character of the authors who are well known, especially to
the older breed of Australian diver, like myself. (Walt and Jean are film
makers, and for many years were the dive guides at Heron Island). The sections
on species identification includes up to half-page size colour images with
a brief text on habitat and characteristics. Concludes with an essay on
the future of the coral reefs. A very useful book.
Softcover, 289 pages, full
colour throughout, index, bibliography, glossary. $38.00
we no longer stock this. May be out of print.
SEA REEF GUIDE.
full color reef creature identification guide contains exquisite underwater
photos of over 1000 marine species, from the Great Barrier Reef, Papua
New Guinea, Solomon's, Vanuatu to New Caledonia. Along with the descriptive
information to identify each species, the book includes interesting behavioral
and habitat information. The author, Bob Halstead, a degreed educator and
scientist, is a household word in the Indo-Pacific diving industry and
has made more than 7000 in the Coral Sea to amass this collection of photos.
Bob, winner of multiple photographic awards, has authored several books,
and published dozens of magazine articles.
superb book in the IKAN series, produced by Helmut Debelius, published
by Sea Challeengers.
Approx 320 pages. $76.00 Full review
THE RAINBOW REEFS
of an Underwater Photographer.
S. Auerbach, MD.
author is better known in the USA for his excellent photography and other
is both an inspirational small coffee table book covering several mjor
dive region in the world, the marine animals and terrain, expressed with
fine photography and text. Eight chapters cover: Apo Reef (Pgilippines),
Truk and Pohnpei, The Caribban, the Red Sea, Galapagos Islands, Fiji Islands,
Palau, and our own Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. The marine life is
covered well in each area, woth single page photo-text essays. Certainly
the region covered have some of the finest diving in the world. This would
make an excellent gift, a guide to future diving dreams, or a souvenir
of places visited.
dustjacket, 236 pages, full colour on gloss art paper.
WORLD'S CORAL REEFS.
Editor Jack Jackson.
What a superb book. The
photography is excellent, and the text lucid and informative. So where
are thse top coral reefs. Sections include The Caribbean, Indian Ocan,
Red Sea, eastern and western Pacific, the Great barrier Reef of course,
Melanesia, Hawaii. Authors include Michael Aw, Bob Halstead, Angie Belcher,
Ann Storrie, all of whom are familiar to Australian divers. This is a large
format book, 176 pages, full brilliant colour throughout. Apart from being
an exception book to own, for inspiration and memories, it would also make
a wonderful gift for any diver, irrespective of experience.
CORAL REEF GUIDE.
Gerald Allen & Roger Steene.
concise yet extremely valuable companion for anyone wishing to identify
and understand tropical marine life. Perhaps one of the best marine books
produced in Australia, it relates not only to Australian waters, but "from
the shores of Hawaii to the Red Sea". All phylum are represented, extending
from tiny marine worms and corals to seabirds and mammals. If ever a book
should be lauded as "the best in its field" this is it. Softcover, 378,
with over 1800 full colour photographs.
This is a handy inexpensive
identification guide, in full colour, 144 pages, within stiff board covers
and a protective thick plastic sleeve. The formation of coral reefs and
coral colonies is covered briefly, as is the nutritional cycle of the coral
polyp. But what makes it such a handy book is its layout, showing the principle
types of corals - hexacorallia, pctocorallia and hydrozoa, and an identification
guide to the various ‘types' of coral such as the staghorn and brain corals
just to name two of the fifteen ‘varieties'. $28.00
REEFS OF THE INDO PACIFIC -
van der Loos. .
excellent publication put out by New Holland. It covers the tropical area
from the Seyshelles to Samoa, from southern Japan to northern Australia
with chapyers on Living Habitats and the marine life that inhabit them.
A valuable identification guide to the major invertebrate species, with
an excellent chapter on scorpion fish. A dfourteen page chapter on photographing
the animals is useful.
176 pages, about 600 full colour photographs, each with a brief description
of the animal, its depth, distribution, and lens used.$34.95
no longer available.
||PERSPECTIVES ON CORAL
Edited by D.J.Barnes
Published for The Institute
of Marine Science by Brian Clouston, Publisher. 1983.
Hardcover, dust jacket (in
library plastic protective cover), 277 pages.Many charts and drawings;
index. Lierature cited is included at the end of each paper.
This is a thorough academic
work and as I am not a marine biologist I can only go by what I am told
by way of the contents and fly blurb. It is, apparnetly, a book 'o value
to research scientists wityh interests in coral reefs. It will be a seminal
source for people initiating new research and will play a valuable role
in melding the often apparently disparate approaches of biologists and
geologists to the reef environment.' So thgere you are. We have here some
nineteen scientific papers from the same number of authorsm, with suvch
titles as Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Probes of Reef Environmental Histories;,
Calcium Carbonate Depositions by Reef Algae; Calcification of Corals and
Other Animals on the Reef' Sea-Level Changes and Coral Reef Growth; Dissolved
Nutient in Coral Reef Waters etc etc. Cyptofaunal Communities and
Morphological Shelf Reefs don't excite me, but I've probably seen a few
of these in my time. It is only my ignorance that puts this tome above
me, but I can see that it is a valuable books for the marine biology student
have just the one copy, new, available. $44.00
AND SEA FANS.
A Comprehensive Guide to
the Tropical shallow-water genera of the Central-West Pacific, the Indian
Ocean and the Red Sea.
Katharina Fabricius and
Covers some 90 genera of
Alcyonacea belonging to 23 families , with identification assisted with
excellent photographs, over 700 in colour, and drawings. The text
covers the animals in their natural habitat, biology and world distribution.
Of value to the professional marine naturalist and serious amateur diver.
A definitive work. Softcover, 264 pages.
CORALS - ACROPORA.
Carden Wallac and Michel Aw.
some one hundred species of Acropora, the most common hard coral within
th tropical reef system
excellent full colour book is ideal as an on-site field guide and home
reference, economically priced, and yet with excellent colour photographs,
one to five per page, and detailed text, surely the best value of the marine
identification books. Coverage is predominntly the Indo-Pacific,
South-East Asia, west Pacific and northern Australia regions.
125 X 170 cm, full colour throughout, 158 pages.
CORALS OF THE WORLD
by the CSIRO, this superb book covers the coral genus Acropora, and is
a fully sscientific tretise based on the skeltal morphology and field characteristics
determijed by a number of marine scientists. It is the most definitive
book on the identification and study of these ‘popular' corals. Text includes
distribution (with map), material examined, skeletal characteristics, field
characteristics (habitat), and general information including further scientific
and general reading.A must for anyone serious about their coral knowledge.
(laminated boards), 422 pages, A4 size, numerous mono photographs for identification,
and twelve colour plates containing some fifty photographs, glossary, bibliography,
further reading. $140.00
no longer available.
the tropical invertebrates (no fishes) - sponges, sea snails, octopii,
feather stars, hard and soft corals, bryozoan tunicates, etc etc.
colour , an ideal on-site field guide and home reference, economically
priced, and yet with excellent colour photographs, one to five per page,
and detailed text, surely the best value of the marine identification books.
Coverage is predonimantly They all cover the Indo-Pacific, South-East Asia
, west Pacific and northern Australia regions.
is 125 X 170 cm, full colour throughout, 158 pages. $22.00
PACIFIC INVERTEBRATES -
Field Guide to the Marine Invertebrates Occurring on Tropical Pacific Coral
Reefs, Seagrass Beds and Mangroves.
L. Colin and Charles Arneson.
seems to be a plethora of marine invertebrate books coming on to the market
recently, and just as well as the dearth of such titles since George &
George's Marine Life in the 1980s has been noticed. Like the brilliant
Australian book Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Guide by Allen & Steene, and
the equally superb Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Gosliner and
others, Tropical Reef Invertebrates is superbly produced, with clear colour
photographss of most species - over 2,000 photographs I would estimate.
Subject chapters include sponges, cnidarian, ctenophores, worms, molluscs,
crustaceans, lophophorates, echinoderms and ascidians.
295 pages. medium format, full colour. $89.95
we long stock this. May still be in print.
||WHAT IS NATURAL? - CORAL
Oxford University Press.
NewYork, Oxford. 1999.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 275
pahes, index, notes. eight mono plates.
From the fly blurb: Since
the 1960s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish have infested
many coral reefs around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable
to a burnt-out rainforest. In What is Natural?, Jan Sapp examines this
ecological catastrophe and captures the intense debates about the cause
of the crisis, and how it should be handled. Are the outbreaks natural
or are they human-induced? What should or could be done about them? Discussions
of the cause and effects of the starfish plagues have involved virtually
every environmental issue of our time: over-fishing, pesticide use, atomic
testing, rain forest depletion, global warming and overpopulation. While
many marine scientists and environmentalists have long demanded that action
be taken to stop the plagues, others have maintained that the outbreaks
are natural features of coral-reef life and therefore should not be tampered
with. The crown-of-thorns story takes readers on tropical expeditions around
the world, and into marine laboratories and government committees, where
scientists rigorously search for answers to the many profound questions
surrounding the global deterioration of coral reefs. $35.00
GREAT BARRIER REEF - A SHORT STAY GUIDE
This is the ideal book for
anyone wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef. It is cheap in its price
but not its content, having over 208 pages, covering the shore-based points
of departure, the islands, and of course the reef itself. It includes diving
and the dive tour operators. It tells you where and how you can dive the
reef, the good and the not so good places, and where to learn to dive.
It includes accommodation, how to get here, and points of interest, especially
of not a diver or inbetween dive days. And if something is not up to an
acceptable standard, the book tells you so. This really is a most useful
book for anyone not familiar with ‘The Reef', and an absolute must for
any overseas visitor. Sotcover, 208 pages, colour maps and photos. Great
value, great information.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Australian Museum Environment
Collins Publishers Australia,
Softcover, abourt quarto,
64 pages, further reading, no index. colour throughout and mono drawings.
A very good, concise, readable
coverage of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Covers the usual marine
life, the fishes and invertebrates, the corals, the mammals.
copy available, $15.00
||A CORAL REEF
A Guide to the Fauna, Flora
and Geology of Heron Island and Adjacent Reefs and Cays.
Edited by Patricia Mather
and Isobel Bennett.
Handbook Series One. Published
by The Australian Coral Reef Society incoprorating the Great Barrier Reef
Committee. Brisbane, Australia 1984.
A4 size, perfect bound softcover,
144 gloss pages, mono and colour photographs, extensive references.
An academic threatise covering
the flora and fauna one of the very few habitable islands actually within
the Great Barrier Reef. Covers history of the island (it once slaughtered
and canned turtles); Habitats,; Geomorphology; Algae, all relevant
Orders and Phylum; Fishes, reptiles and snakes, turtles, birds, plants.
An excellent reference.
copies available One has a crease in the front cover but still okay (will
be sold last). $35.00
GREAT BARRIER REEF
McLeod, Neville Coleman and Jim Howes.
very pleasant souvenir-type book on the marine life of the Great Barrier
A4 size, 32 p, full colour.
GREAT BARRIER REEF.
A Handbook on the Corals,
Shells, Crabs, Larger Animals and Birds, with some remarks on the Reef's
place in History.
First published 1955, by
Georgian House, Melbourne, in assocition with Phoenix House, Limited, London.
A small book, hardcoverm
dustjacket, 87 pages, mono photographs.
Wouldn't it be nice to think
tht the Great Barrier Reef could remain the way it was fifty yars ago when
the author, a mrine naturalist, first observed it. His final chap[ter is
called 'Tourist and Reef'; I am sure Dr. Serventy would not have imagined
the tourist development that has occurred over the past twenty years. So
far we have kept the oil rigs away. But for how long?
GREAT BARRIER REEF IN COLOUR
small informative guide with concise text. Excellent reading. Hardcover,
96 pages, colour.
no longer available.
OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEEF PROVINCE
Great Barrier Reef Marine
Australian Government Publishing
Service. Canberra 1978.
Softcover, perfect bound,
204 pages, index.
Like all bibliographies,
it is in author's sequence.efers of course not just to pubpished books
but, mainly, academic papers.
have one copy, $20.00.
||CORALS OF THE GREAT BARRIER
Photography by Walter Deas.
Text by Steve Domm.
Ure Smith Pty Ltd., Sydney,
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4
size portrait, 126 pages, index, full colour throughout.
From the fly blurb: Corals
of the Great Barrier Reef provides an authoritative introduction to coral
classification and biology and coral reef ecology and a full colour identification
guide to the corals of the area. Walter Deas and Steve Domm take you into
the tranquil underwater world of subdued sunlight, living coral colonies,
brilliantly coloured fish with often bizarre shapes, giant clams, crabs
and anemones. Perhaps it is this unique combination of beauty that gives
the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef their mystique.This book brings
home to us the fragility of the whole coral community in its exposure to
danger, not only from adverse sea and weather conditions, but also from
other inhabitants of the marine environment, mainly the Crown of Thorns
starfish. Hopefully it will help us to appreciate the need to conserve
and protect the richest coral reef community in the world—the Great Barrier
copy available, good condition, dustjacket. $25.00
GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK
Compiled by Lesley Murdoch,
Great Barraier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Bay Books, Sydney.
Softcover, stiff card, A4
size, 96 pages, index, full colour throughout.
An excellent book on The
Reef, covering the geography, oceanography, history and of course the natural
science through the chapters: The Wonder Down Under; Reefs, Islands and
Coral Cays; The Reef Community; All Creatures Great and Small; In Days
Gone By; The Reef and Us; A Window on the Reef.
new copy left. $18.00
AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF
Cannon and Mark Goyen
well-written text, with excellent photographs.
very useful and informative book.
240p, full colour, large format 230x300mm. $42.00
One of the excellent World
of Water Wildlige Guides.
This is a very handy and
informative marine life guidebook covering predominantly the fishes and
invertebrate lif, but also reptiles, mammals and crustacea. There are over
500 full colour photographswith brief text to each. Brief tourist information
is also mentioned, including a section on reef walking, snorkelling and
scuba diving. Includes also th marine life of the Keppel Islands, and the
Whitsundays. Softcover, 80 pages, full colour, scientific name index.
||ON THE BARRIER REEF.
Notes From a No-ologist's
Published in 1929 by Angus
and Robertson, Sydney.
Hardcover, 194 pages, mono
photographs. Quite an important historry as it covers early explotation
of the reef as well as a description of a number of islands and the marione
and land animals.
Hardcover, no dust jacket
on my copy but may have had one, 193 pages, index, a few mono photographs
of natural science subjects, two maps. The book is based on a series of
articles first published in the Sydney Morning herlad, and concerns itself
with an expedition to a number of islands to the Great Barrier Reef, to
observe and record nature. Chapters include: Bundaberg to Lady Musgrave;
the Mutton-Bird; Noddies and Gannets; Crabs and People; Fish and Flora;
The Ways of the Turtle; Turtle Soup and Turtle-Riding; Wonders of the Reef,
Shells; Insects andCorals; and Beauty and Cruelty. I understand this
was a well respected book in its day, and I have no reason to assume that
it has not lost this respect amongst those whop study the Great Barrier
have just the one copy, very good condition slight foxing on endcover,
hardcover with computer-generated facsimile dust-jacket. $35.00
||Reader's Digest Book
of the GREAT BARRIER REEF
Reader's Digest, Sydney,
1984. ISBN 0 949819 41 7.
Over thirty-five authors.
Hardcover, dustjacket, large
square format 365 x 265 mm, 384 pages, full colour throughout, index.
An excellent comprehensive
book on the Great barrier Reef, its formation, corals, marine life, recreational
and scientific use. Although the subject matter is diverse, this is perhaps
the best book that covers "The Reef".
have two copies available - both in very god to excelent coindition - one
with a repaired spine but hardly noticeable for $22.00, the other for $32.00.
This really is an excellent book, very informative.
GREAT BARRIER REEF IN COLOUR
AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER
REEF IN COLOUR
A.H. & A.W. Reed.
First published in 1968
as The Australian Great Barrier Reef in Colour; reprinted 1971, 1976. This
edition also had a dustjacket, but with a plain blue lamiated cover.
New edition as Australia's
Great Barrier Reef in Colour, in 1980, and revised in 1984.
Hardcover, laminated boards,
square format 180 x 180mm, 96 pages, index, full colour throughout.
A delightful book and very
popular indeed with several reprints. Very informative as you would expect
from this author. Covers the marine life of course, and coral reefs and
their formation. Fishes, turtles, birds and sea-snakes of course. A book
well worth having.
have one copy of the 1976 reprint, and one copy of the 1984 reprint. $18.00.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
First published by Lansdowne
Press, Melbourne, 1971.
Hardcover, large format
(260 x 310mm), dust jacket, 183 pages, full colour and mono photographs
I personally regard this
is still the best book on the GBR - informative and thorough, well written,
with fine photographs. As would be expected, covers the formation of the
coral reefs, the reef-building animals, the animals that inhabit the reef
system, fringing reefs and inshore islands. A great book, dedicated respectfully
by the author to the memory o Professor William John Dakin, Challis Professor
of Zoology, Univeristy of Sydney, 1928-1948, "who guided my first footsteps
as a marine biologist". The author also wrote the acclaimed, 'The Fringe
of the Sea', in 1966.
have two second-hand first edition copies. Both are in as new condition
with very slight scuffing on the dustjacket. This is an exceptional book
for the ecology and marine life of the GBR. $42.00.
GREAT BARRIER REEF - FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE
David Lawrence, Richard
Kenchington, Simon Woodley
Melbourne University Press,
Carlton South, Melbourne. 2002
Softcover, still board,
268 pages, index, referencescp;or plates and maps, charts and drawings.
From the back cover blurb:
The Great Barrier Reef is an icon of natural wonders and a tourist drawcard.
It is protected and managed as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park—the world's
largest marine park and the first marine-based World Heritage area. Unique
in size, structure and operations, the marine park is of national and international
importance. The management system is evolving from a model focused on coral
reefs to one based on a better understanding of marine ecosystems and the
complex relationships between sea and land. Until now, this system has
been little analysed and not well understood. The authors trace the marine
park from its establishment during the environmental activism of the 19605
and 19705 through its recognition as a World Heritage site to the current
operations of the Marine Park Authority. They discuss the crown-of-thorns
starfish controversy, the Port Hinchinbrook development, the Nelly Bay
marina off Townsville, the failure of the Floating Hotel and exploding
Growth of tourism, industrial
development, native title claims, expansion of the fishing and sugarcane
industries, and declining water quality—all these issues demand immediate
attention. As this important book vigorously argues, an integrated management
policy is vital to the survival of the dynamic, diverse and vulnerable
environment of the Great Barrier Reef.
new copy available, $34.00 SOLD -
||THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
AND ADJACENT ISLES
Keith Gillett, and Frank
Coral Press Pty Ltd., Sydney.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 170
x 250 mm portrait, 194 gloss art pages, many mono and a few colour photographs,
glossary, index, list of scientific names.
Gillett is well known as
a photographer and naturalist with a number of excellent publications to
his name, and is an Australian pioneer in underwater photography - one
of the first to publish photographs of live marine animals in situ rather
than in an aquaroium or dead specimens on a piece of hessian. (Although
there are not too many natural environment shots in this book - but then
it is 1959. Despite the passage of time, it is still a great book to read
and to gain a wealth of information. Chapters include An Archipelago of
Coral Isles; Corals and their Allies; Night Descends on a Coral Reef; Sea-stars
and Sea Urchins; Crabs and smaller crustaceans - and descriptions of the
physical chjaracteristics of the Cumberland Group of Islands (includes
Heron Island), and a chapter on Lord Howe Island. The final chapter is
a Marine Photographer's Guide, where he shows a number of housed-camera
systems and bulb flashes. The solid Rolleimarin model seems to be a favourite,
enclosing a Rollieflex camera. The chapter includes basic underwater photography
science, perhaps the first coverage in some detail in an Australian book.
A great book.
the one copy, second-hand, revised third edition 1967. Excellent condition,
hardcover, dustjacket, in plastic protection. $35.00
||GREAT BARRIER REEF
And Some Mention of Other
Australian Coral Reefs.
William J. Dakin
Australian National Publicity
Association, Melbourne 1950.
Hardcover, dust jackt, 134
pages, mono prints, index.
One of the true classic
book on the natural sciences by the father of marine biology. It is also
interesting to rad of the mny islands hat were, in the days of Dakin, free
of tourists and the ghastly resorts that go with them. Here is Heron, and
Hayman, and Lindemann and Dunk islands at their best
From the fly: This
story concerns the wonder and beauty of the greatest coral region of the
seven seas. As the author so aptly writes, "The words 'coral' and 'coral
islands' have generally called up visions of romance and one can remember
how they not only formed the background of many stories of boyhood, but
made at least one best-seller of recent times. To scientists of the last
hundred years they have, however, been magnets of great attractive power.
They have provided the most fascinating problems for the marine biologist.".
For the late William .J. Dakin, D.Sc., Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University
of Sydney, the amazing Great Barrier Reef region, the scattered green atolls
of the tropic seas and other coral regions, such as the Abrolhos Islands
of the West, constituted allure and a life-long delight. His life-work
concluded with the writing of this volume - a brilliant effort to make
known, to every visitor and to those who cannot travel, the unique geogaaphical
feature of the Australian continent.
a most valuable reference, and also of historic value. We have two second-hand
copies available, with dust jacket. $24.00. Also one copy with no dust-jacket,
$15.00. See also below.
Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 128
pages, many mono and some colour photographs.
One of the earliest 'popular'
books on the Great Barrier Reef, a great read of the reef in its early
'pubic-popular' life. Life was different in the fifties and changes are
inevitable - fortunately we no longer have crocodile races and play and
ride with turtles (and slaughter them). We have moved on. Although Worrell
was a naturalist and writer, there is little to recommend the book for
any insite into thwe natural sciences of the reefs aanimals - there are
plenty of other books that do that. Nevertheless it retains some historical
have just the one copy with a rather damaged dustjacket as shown, but the
book is otherwise excellent. $30.00
BARRIER REEF - A Diver's Guide.
Australian Underwater Federation.
Editor Peter Saenger. Brisbane
1977.Softcover, 206 pages, index, further reading, mono and some colour
With a forward by the Queensland
Premiewr at the time, Joh. Bjelke-Petersen.
Produced for the 5th World
Underwater Congress in Queendland in 1977 organised by the AUF which, I
am told, was a complete disater through lack of patroinage. The book has
several highlt qualified contributors including Isobel Bennett, Harold
Heatwole, Neville Coleman. The sections: The GBR - geology, geomorphology,
flora and fauna; The Lore of the Reef; Plant Life' Animal Life' Wrecks
on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reef Diving.
copy, good condition. $20.00
GREAT BARRIER REEF - And Some Mention of Other Australian Coral Reefs.
William J. Dakin. (Emeritus
Professor of Zoology, University of Sydney).
Revised by Isolbel Bennett.
Walkabout Pocketbooks -
Ure Smith Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1968, second impression 1970. Initially publisahed
Stiff board covers, 176
pages, maninly mono but some colour plates, index.
From the back cover blurb:
Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ranks high among the wonders of the world.
Its coral reefs and uncounted islands, sparkling over an area of eighty
thousand square miles off the coast of Queensland, are a paradise for the
tourist and the nature-lover; and for the beauty, variety and interest
of the life they contain they probably are unsurpassed on earth. William
J. Dakin (1883-1950), for many years Professor of Zoology in the University
of Sydney, was one of the best popular writers and broadcasters on the
world of nature that Australia has seen. Marine life was his special interest,
and he made an extensive study of the reef waters of the continent. He
wrote this book (first published serially in Walkabout magazine) to introduce
the general reader to the fascinating story of the best-known reefs. The
Great Barrier Reef describes how coral reefs, islands and atolls are formed;
and it explains the nature of the coral animal and the other creatures
that make the reefs. There are sections on the vegetation of the reef areas,
and on their wildlife—birds, fishes, shells, sea-stars, and the rest. All
the time the reader has a feeling of accompanying this engaging author;
whether fossicking on an inshore reef-flat at low water, or standing with
him far out to sea on a reef of the outer barrier, looking down into a
crystal abyss of deep ocean while the groundswell surges over the pink
and purple living corals of the reef's edge. This edition has been revised
in detail by Isobel Bennett, of the Department of Zoology, University of
Sydney, and an appendix prepared by the Australian National Travel Association
gives the intending tourist information about transport and accommodation
facilities for Barrier Reef holidays. The Great Barrier Reef is illustrated
with sixty colour and black and white photographs.
second-hand copy available. Still a valuable reference and also of historic
value. $12.00 See also above.
||THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Craig McGregor and the editors
of Time-Life books.
One of the series The World's
Wild Places. 1974
Hardcover, dustjacket, square
format, 184 pages, index, bibliography, full colour throoughout.
From the fly blurb: It is
an astonishing fact that the spectacularly beautiful Great Barrier Reef,
1,200 miles long, has been built chiefly by animals only half an inch long.
This volume unravels for you the mysteries of this astonishing phenomenon
of nature. With the help of marine biologists, underwater photographers
and Author Craig McGregor, you will explore the exotic world off the coast
of northeastern Australia. Forty five miles from the mainland you'll step
off a helicopter onto the burning white sands of Heron Island, deserted
except for thousands of noisy sea birds on the beach or cawing in the tangled
growth of the Pisonia trees. This is one of the sandy cays, typical of
the reef and an excellent "platform" from which to begin your underwater
explorations. In lively text, accompanied by scores of colour-splashed
photographs you'll swim with Author Craig McGregor through the fantastic
coral gardens of the Reef, gaze at the rainbow hues of the unparalleled
variety of fish there, watch their graceful, deft underwater movements
as they feed, or fight to survive. You'll see some of the alarming predators
who lurk among the recesses of the Reef, from the almost invisible box
jellyfish with poisoned sting cells in its tentacles (lethal to man, as
well) to the ugly stone-fish with its eighteen poison tipped spines. You'll
learn how this gigantic coral world was formed over thousands of years;
how half-inch long polyps grow stone "houses" for themselves, but always
attached to a neighbour's,thus gradually forming a complex underwater structure
of beautiful and bizarre shapes. On Beaver Cay you'll spend time observing
the intriguing, sometimes comical ways of the sea birds: silver gulls,
terns, wedge-tailed shearwaters (which live in underground burrows), gannets,
noddies, the agile frigate birds (the "pirates" of bird colonies which
knock food out of the grasp of other flying birds and snatch it for themselves
before it falls into the sea). And you'll watch the most archaic of reptiles,
the huge Green Turtles, make their infrequent visits to the Barrier beaches
for egg laying and then disappear again into the sea for two years or more.
The volume concludes with a discussion of the Reef's uncertain future.
With its immense limestone and other mineral deposits it tempts exploitation.
With increasing waste being dumped into the sea the delicate polyps may
not survive in such great number. What is likely to happen next?
copies availab;e, one with a dust jacket. $20.00
GREAT BARRIER REEF. A World Heritage National Park
Photos by Gary Bell. Text
by Tony Ayling.
"Be enchanted by the miraculous
living wonder of the Great Barrir Reef. Colour stream from every page as
art and science unite to compel raders to share in the discovery and conservation
of the Earth's most beautiful habitat. Informative text, penned by esteemed
marine biologist Dr Tony Ayling, coupled with award-winning photogarpher
Gary Bell's vibrant underwater photography, charts the evolution, composition
and day-to-day workings of the exquisite, enigmatic ecosystem". Thats from
the fly of the book. To me, its a nice book of delightful photrographs
that capture the essence of the Great Barrier Reef in straighforward, functional,
descriptive images. With Ayling's professional yet easy to read text, the
book extends beyond the traditional coffee-table picture book, into a valuable
document on this marvellous of all reef systems. And it's photographed
and written by Aussies, and published by an Aussie (but printed in China
- you can't win ‘em all!). Hardcover, dustjacket, large landscape format,
full colour throughout, 224 pages, index. Would make a great gift, not
just for divers. $59.95
we no longer stock this. It is a Steve Parish publication so should be
available on order from only book shop.
BARRIER REEF - A Guide to the Reef, Its Islands and Resorts.
Text and Photography by
Glenemede Pty Ltd, Wilberforce,
NSW, 1990. ISBN 0 7316 5785 3
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4
landscape, 242 pages, full colour throughout, no index.
An exce;;ent book copvering
the islands by chapter includsimng history and geography, and the natural
sciences of the reef and islands both underwater and topside. Not all opf
the islands are strictly on the Great Barrier Reef but that does not detract
from trhe book of course. The islands covered are Bedarra, Brampton, Daydream,
Dunk, Fitzroy, Great Keppel, Green, Hamilton, Hatman, Heron, Hinchinbrook,
Hook, Lady Elliot, Lindeman, Lizard, Long, Orpheous, South Molle.
the one copy - second-hand but absolutely as new. Signed by the author
to Cassie Welsh (Cassie was editor of Scuba Diver for many years). $35.00
REEF MARINE PARK AUTHORITY - WORKSHOP ON THE NORTHERN SECTOR OF THE GREAT
Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park Authority, Townsville, Australia. 1978.
Paper and proceedings of
a Workshop held in Townsville 20 and 21 April 1978.
A4 size, perfect bound soft
cover, 462 pages, all mono, no photographs, no index, several charts.
No less than thirty-one
speakers, and thus printed papers from the likes of Isobel Bennett, J.E.N.
Veron; John Wilson. Seven sections: Description and administration, law;
Use of the area, shipping and transport, tourist and recreation; Natural
features' Suveillance and management; Zoning and methods of regulation;
guidelines for the GBRMPA.
copy available. $45.00
||UNDER THE GREAT BARRIER
First published in 1966,
Jarrold Publishers (London) Ltd.
Hardcover, dust jacket,
biography by an Englishman
diving the Great Barrier Reef in the 1960s. He certainly covers a lot of
ground. Part travel documentary, part marine observation, part personal
observation and opinion, it is of limited historic interest except
for the occasional anecdote.
From the fly:
Since the invention of the
snorkel and the aqualung vast new worlds have been revealed under the surface
of the sea. Skindiving is now one of the most popular and enthralling sports
in the world. Of all the places available to divers the Australian Great
Barrier Reef is probably the most rewarding. There a large variety of big
game fish abound and there also the conchologist may find an infinity of
strange shellfish. But these waters contain dangers in proportion to their
beauty such as man-eating sharks, poisonous jellyfish, sea snakes and,
perhaps most dangerous of all, the deadly stonefish. Richard Lurie has
spent years filming and skindiving along this fascinating Barrier Reef
where his vivid descriptions of the life below the sea bring to the reader
a world of beauty, savagery and enchantment. The author takes the reader
on his travels from the surf of Southern Queensland to the abysmal edge
of the outer reef. He takes you to the coral cay famous for its bird life
and to mainland rivers which are the haunts of crocodiles which lurk alongside
the jungle vegetation. Realism is the keynote of this true account of Richard
Lurie's twelve years' adventuring, filming and spearing in the vast coral
labyrinth which comprises the Great Barrier Reef. It is a story which will
appeal to young and old alike.
copies left: $28.00 Excellent copy, dustjacket in protective library
film. $22.00. Very good copy, dust jacket just slightly scuffed.
OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.
is the classic book on the Great Barrier Reef, first published in 1936
with many reprints since. It gves an early aspect of how the reef was perceived
and used commercially, with little thought to tourism at the time. The
chapter Wealth from the Reef gives you an idea of how the marine life could
have been exploited. The book gives an excellent description of the marine
life - the corals, fishes, mammals and invertebrates. Hardcover, 280 pages,
colour and mono plates. Well out of print of course, but we usually have
good copies, either with original dust jackets or ccomputer generated cover
based on the original.
copies available from $25.00.