Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs

2011 Edition
| Editors: David Hopley

Introduction

[Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs]

Coral reefs are the largest landforms built by plants and animals. Their study therefore incorporates a wide range of disciplines. This encyclopedia approaches coral reefs from an earth science perspective, concentrating especially on modern reefs. Currently coral reefs are under high stress, most prominently from climate change with changes to water temperature, sea level and ocean acidification particularly damaging. Modern reefs have evolved through the massive environmental changes of the Quaternary with long periods of exposure during glacially lowered sea level periods and short periods of interglacial growth. The entries in this encyclopedia condense the large amount of work carried out since Charles Darwin first attempted to understand reef evolution. Leading authorities from many countries have contributed to the entries covering areas of geology, geography and ecology, providing comprehensive access to the most up-to-date research on the structure, form and processes operating on Quaternary coral reefs. 

Editors and affiliations

  • David Hopley
    • 1
  1. 1.James Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2638-5
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2639-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1388-4360
  • Series Online ISSN 1871-756X
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Number Of Entries 260
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series book series (EESS)