At the Heart of the Coral Triangle
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The Coral Triangle, straddling the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, harbours the greatest biodiversity of marine life on the planet. It is home to a wondrous variety, including 75% of the world's coral species and around 2500 species of fish. The biological and environmental diversity is driven by the volcanically active and complex geology of the so called 'Ring of Fire'. Habitats range from underwater slopes of volcanic black sand to extensive coral reefs in atolls and vast calderas. While clearly vulnerable to increasing global threats such as climate change, pollution and overfishing, the Coral Triangle currently features some the richest coral reefs in the world.
With stunning photography supported by an engaging and accessible text, this book highlights and celebrates this biodiversity along with the underlying message that it needs our care and protection before it is too late.
Table of Contents
Seascapes. Fish Portraits. Invertebrates. Predation. Reproduction. Behaviour. Symbiosis. Reptiles. Conservation
Alan Powderham is an Engineering Consultant and a world-leading specialist in sustainable construction and environmental engineering. He is has also been a scuba diver and underwater photographer for over 40 years. Sancia van der Meij is a Tropical Marine Biologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. She is Head of the Van der Meij lab, studying ”Evolutionary diversification on coral reefs”, and lecturer in the MSc-track Marine Biology. Sancia van der Meij graduated with a PhD from Leiden University (2015) and subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2015-2018). She has worked in the Coral Triangle since 2005.
The focus of this book is on Southeast Asia’s reefs in the ‘Coral Triangle’. These are at the centre of global biodiversity, with more different species of corals, fish and invertebrate life than anywhere else in the world. We need to significantly raise awareness because reefs today face an existential threat... Because most people will not see, let alone study and understand coral reefs, we need books whose photographs and text convey their beauty, nature and extraordinary species. Reefs are the canaries in the coal mine in the sense that they are an ecosystem that is forewarning us about the global extinction of species and systems that began ever since we entered this uncharted Anthropocene epoch. The stunning photographs in this book showing images of some of the world’s richest and most intact coral reefs will help to raise awareness, and that is going to be key.
-- Charles Sheppard OBE, Professor Emeritus (from the Foreword)