Coral Reef Ecology

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Dec 21, 1993 - Science - 465 pages
Coral reef communities are among the most complex, mature and productive ecosystems on earth. Their activity resulted in the creation of vast lime constructions. Being extremely productive and having the function of a powerful biofilter, coral reefs play an important role in global biogeochemical processes and in the reproduction of food resources in tropical marine regions. All aspects of coral reef science are covered systematically and on the basis of a holistic ecosystem approach. The geological history of coral reefs, their geomorphology as well as biology including community structure of reef biota, their functional characteristics, physiological aspects, biogeochemical metabolism, energy balance, environmental problems and management of resources are treated in detail.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Reef Environments
34
Nutrients
45
Plankton in CoralReef Waters
73
Benthic Microflora Periphyton and Plant Associations
127
Reef Zoobenthos
161
Coral Reef Fish
215
Communities of Corals in Reef Ecosystems
250
Morphology and Ecological Physiology of Corals
296
Nutrition of Corals
326
Biogeochemical Metabolism and Energy Flows
369
Destruction and Recovery of Reef Systems
391
References
427
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