Elsevier, 1990 - Science - 550 pages
Over the last three decades, coral-reef study has advanced rapidly, widening our understanding of their functional intricacy. These finely- tuned ecosystems have been exposed to many perils as a result of tourist pressure, anthropogenic eutrophication and pollution. A better understanding of coral reefs is therefore essential to their survival.
This volume is built around the key problems underlying the understanding of the structure and function of coral reefs as ecosystems. In each of these research fronts, former accomplishments are summarized and evaluated, and likely future foci are identified. Special attention is given to the interrelations of the different problems and processes which are important properties of these systems.
Coverage is given of recent advances in the understanding of the ways in which abiotic forces - like hydromechanics, light and nutrient regimes - have shaped the evolution and development of coral reefs. The roles of the various organisms that make up the reef community, in the harvesting, assimilation and transformation of energy and in the uptake, storage and recycling of nutrients, are analyzed. The ways to conserve coral reefs in the face of the increasing impact of various anthropogenic stresses are evaluated.
This will be the central reference work for specialists and advanced students, active in all aspects of coral-reef research, and will provide them with a balanced, stimulating view of the many facets of contemporary coral-reef science.
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Zonation within coral reefs
Reef fishes as components of ecosystems
Summary and prospectus
Chapter 13 FEEDING ECOLOGY OF SELECTED
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Krasnodar 353470 U S S R
IRRADIANCE AND CORALS
Photoadaptation in corals
Larval settlement and recruitment
R W GRIGG University of California
Effects of competition on individual reef corals
Factors affecting competition between individual reef
H W DUCKLOW
Bacteria in coralreef food webs
PLANKTON IN THE REEF
Spatial and geographic patterns of predation
Zooplankton and particulate matter as a source
Impact of A planci outbreaks on coral reefs
Possible consequences of infestations
NATURAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC
Impacts upon coral reefs
R A KINZIE III
Chapter 19 TRENDS AND NEW PERSPECTIVES
Asexual reproduction and the colonial habit
Toxicity and allelochemical substances
Conclusions the synthesis
SYSTEMATIC LIST OF GENERA compiled