The Great Barrier Reef

I learned to scuba dive in order to work as a volunteer with Australian biologists studying the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. This book was the result of many months of adventures at sea, working side-by-side with scientists underwater.

Great Barrier Reef

Lerner, 1991


School Library Journal ¬†An alluring look at real science in action….Rather than the usual litany of the creatures of this unique habitat, this book looks at the Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of research scientists. After a brief introduction to coral polyps and the reef’s formation, Johnson describes the mysterious simultaneous spawning of the corals…investigations being conducted regarding the close relationships among giant clams…studies being conducted on dugong populations, nutrient flows in mangrove swamps, egg-laying habits of marine turtles, the UV protection mechanisms of coral polyps, and the incursions of large populations of Crown-of-Thorns sea stars….A final note exhorts readers to think ahead toward scientific careers in all fields of endeavor. A host of bright, enticing full-color photos complete the package.


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