Description : Coral reefs are among Earth's most diverse, productive, and beautiful ecosystems, but until recently, their ecology and the means to manage them have been poorly understood and documented. In response to the inadequate information base for coral reefs, this book reviews the ecological and conservation status of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean, bringing together presentations of the region's leading scientists and managers working on coral reefs. Coral Reefs of the Indian Ocean: Their Ecology and Conservation starts with a general overview of the biogeography of the region and a historical account of attempts to conserve this ecosystem. It goes on to describe the state of the reefs in each of the countries with coral reefs, and it concludes with a series of management case studies. The book also summarizes most of the existing ecological information on reefs in this region and efforts at management, making it useful for students, teachers, and investigators interested in tropical or marine ecology, conservation biology and management, and environmental sciences.
Description : Here coral reef is used broadly to include areas adjacent to reefs where corals may occur, such as harbors, bays, and rocky tidepools as well as reef-associated habitats such as seagrass beds, sandy expanses, and open rocky bottoms. The text begins with a valuable introduction to such topics as the coral reef environment, habitats, ecology, social interactions, conservation, and dangerous marine fishes. Of particular interest is a section offering pointers on identifying fish. The text proceeds according to region, depicting each species and its varieties, and offering information on its geographic range and where on the coral reef itself the fish may be found. Important identification characteristics are highlighted on every color plate.
Description : This Is Perhaps The First Book Of Its Kind To Be Published On The Indian Ocean. In An Informative And Readable Account, The Author Attempts To Enlighten The Layman And Remind The Specialist About The Vast Resources Of This Great Ocean And Their Sustainable Utilisation. Starting With The Physiography Of The Indian Ocean, The Book Discusses A Wide Variety Of Ocean Subjects Including The Indian Eez, Progress Of Ocean Sciences In India, Food Resources, Fresh Water Supply, Chemicals, Bioactive Substances, Minerals, Mangroves And Coral Reefs, Monsoons, Cyclones, Sources Of Pollution, Satellite Imagery, Ocean-Based Industries, Indian Expeditions To Antarctica, And Investment Opportunities In The Indian Ocean In The Twenty-First Century. A Number Of Illustrations, Maps And Colour Photographs Liven The Text.