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Reef Hardcover – August 20, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; Har/DVD edition (August 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075663122X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756631222
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 10.1 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. This brilliant photographic compilation by small Malaysian-based diving collective ScubaZoo introduces the ecology of oceanic reefs, both temperate and tropical. Though technological advances and the devastation of global reefs have spurred many experienced diver-photographers to publish photo collections, the dazzling photography in this one stands out dramatically, as does its inclusion of images made simultaneously by still and video photographers (the book includes a DVD.) The photographs allow close study of coral, fish, crustaceans and many other enchanting creatures, while the video shows the vivid activity of the reef habitat. The helpful text provides a solid introduction to reef ecology, divided into reef landscapes, their inhabitants' survival behaviors, conservation issues and a broader look at reefs worldwide. The sole problem with the book is the lack of scale indications: it's hard to tell if a given animal is minute or enormous. But this is a small quibble: the book provides an excellent introduction to fragile reef ecosystems. (Sept.)
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"Color bursts forth like confetti from each page of this stunning visual adventure...highly recommended." -- The Alternative Consumer

"This beautiful book is filed with gorgeous photographs...Scubazoo...has done a magnificent job of portraying the reef community." -- Library Journal

"[A] brilliant photographic compilation...dazzling." -- Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)

"[A] unique pictorial celebration." -- Advanced Diver magazine

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The pictures are beautiful and the DVD is a great bonus.
Kindle Customer
I was so impressed with this book that I have purchased 27 more of them to give as gifts this Holiday season.
Lawrence M. Hufty
Really love the variety of sea life in this book and have enjoyed sharing it with others.
D. E. Webb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kenneth T. Bastin MD on November 28, 2007
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I bought this book for my own birthday, and had the pleasure of showing the pictures to my family who do not SCUBA dive like myself. I must say these photos are first rate, draw attention to the underwater world and make for a frequent return to the bookshelf. The freeby DVD is surprisely good, with music, pics, and video. The DVD alone would sell for $15 or $20 in some SCUBA resort areas. If you are looking for a good present for an underwater life admirer, buy it ASAP. Tell them some ardent and hard-core underwater naturalist recommended it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on September 6, 2007
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Take DK's legendary photo quality. Add a great topic: life in the shallow oceans. Finally, mix these with a few gung ho underwater photographers with superb equipment, and you have 360 pages of a visual fiesta: Reef.

This oversized book is a photography frenzy: crystal sharp focus, vibrant colors, and close-ups that surpass the ability of the human eye to see this level of detail unaided.

It's like the ocean is an alien world. Do you think those sea creatures have the same feeling about us?

Highlights: close-up of a tiger shark's face. All those pigmy seahorses. The little things made big. THE COLORS!

The book comes with an additional disk of photographs. Even the book jacket is beautiful (it has a three dimensional look and feel).

Enjoy, and protect the ocean.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joni Lawrence on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently received Reef. Before even spending 5 minutes with the book, all I could say was - WOW! The photography is nothing short of amazing. I cuold spend hours flipping through the pages of this book. It's almost painful because it's giving me the scuba diving "bug" and I don't have a trip planned in the near future.

I'm so inspired by these photos and I'm also impressed by the identification, common and scientific names, of all of the creatures featured. The site where each photograph was taken is also listed, along with information on the behavior or other characteristics displayed in the photos. I would have loved to have this book available last year when diving in Indonesia. We had some ID books, but nothing compared to this. Unfortunately it would be a bit cumbersome to carry along on a dive trip as it's more suitable for a coffee table, but I look forward to using this resource for identifying marine life photographed upon my return from upcoming dive trips. The DVD that comes with it is also an excellent bonus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence M. Hufty on November 19, 2007
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I have been an avid diver and underwater photographer since the early 80's. And I must admit, this is one of the finest u/w photography books ever published. The layout is unique, well thought out and entertaining. The photographers do this for a living, along with being dedicated reef conservationists. In fact, some of the proceeds of this book go to a reef conservation and education organization.

As I mentioned, the photography is superb. And as an added bonus, this book includes an incredible DVD full of beautiful video.

I was so impressed with this book that I have purchased 27 more of them to give as gifts this Holiday season. A GREAT book, incredible pictures, and the price is unbelievable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on November 28, 2007
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I was a long time fan of DK series, but mostly for their educational values. As for photography, DK was always good, but did not seem spectacular until this one (and a few others recently - Rainforest, Ocean...)! The color splash with amazing details created such a sensation that learning becomes a multi-sensory experience. In a short period of time, I remembered a great deal of information about the undersea world and am able to recall them vividly in graphic details. This is also true for my 5-year old, by his own requests, read (absorbed) this book over three sittings, with our occasional assistance on the descriptions.
You could literally take most of the pages of this book, frame them and put them on the wall for display. That's how good the photography is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Rhodes on April 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a diver, I have long said that it is sad that the experience of being within coral reefs can't be communicated by photography, film and video. Well, that was before "reef". What a truly rewarding experience it is to repeatedly view and read this wonder. And, it's comparatively inexpensive for such a large high quality publication, too. I also like the fact that part of the proceeds from sales go to the Coral Reef Alliance for saving our planet's threatened coral reefs. Buy this book for yourself, your family and the local schools and library. For me it really is that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerrod on January 1, 2008
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This is a great coffee table book for yourself or your diver friends. I bought it for a friend for Christmas and thumbed through it before wrapping. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because from what I saw, it could use more explanation of what you are looking at, behaviours, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Mercury on December 24, 2007
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This is simply gorgeous--I bought it for a fiend who is a coral/anenome expert but I want to keep it myself!! I can't bring myself to wrap it now.
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