Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs

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Nemer Narchi, Lisa Leimar Price
Springer, Dec 24, 2015 - Science - 240 pages

This book explores the ethnobiology of corals by examining the various ways in which humans, past and present, have exploited and taken care of coral and coralline habitats. This book will bring the educated general audience closer to corals by exploring the various circumstances of human-coral coexistence by providing scientifically sound and jargon-free perspectives and experiences from across the globe. Corals are a vital part of the marine environment since they promote and sustain marine and global biodiversity while providing numerous other environmental and cultural services. Countless valuable coral conservation efforts are published in academic and general audience venues on a daily basis. However relevant, few of these reports show a direct, deeper understanding of the intimate relationship between people and corals throughout the world’s societies. Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs establishes an intimate bond between the audience and the wonder of corals and their importance to humankind.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Seeing Corals with Darwins Eye of Reason Discovering an Image of a Tropical Atoll in the English Countryside
15
The Reef Sulphur Cycle Influence on Climate and Ecosystem Services
27
Symbols at War The Impact of Corallium rubrum in the IndoPakistani Subcontinent
58
Ethnobiology of Corallium rubrum Protection Healing Medicine and Magic
73
Corals and Coralline Organisms in Seri Culture Traditional and Modern Uses
87
Puka Mai He Koa The Significance of Corals in Hawaiian Culture
103
Coral Gardens of the Dumo People of Papua New Guinea A Preliminary Account
117
The Catch of Maui Coral Gardens in the Past and Present of the Tongan Islands
133
Change in Roviana Lagoon Coral Reef Ethnobiology
156
Rocky Reefs Preserving Biodiversity for the Benefit of the Communities in the Aquarium of the World
177
Conservation of Corals in the Colombian Caribbean
209
Index
235
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