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Underwater Eden: Saving the Last Coral Wilderness on Earth Hardcover – December 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (December 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226775607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226775609
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the air, the Phoenix Islands are tiny, low, remote, easily overlooked scraps of land in the Pacific Ocean. Underwater, they are the ocean’s equivalent of Amazon rainforests, teeming with tropical corals, fish, and sharks. But those species are under increasing assault from fishing boats, climate change, and introduced species. This remarkable book tells the story of ongoing imaginative efforts to create a huge protected area in a biological treasure-house."

(Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel)

"Underwater Eden tells the story of how a very small group of exceptionally passionate people can—and did—accomplish something truly spectacular. They worked for years to protect the last virgin chain of unexplored coral reef islands in the world. It's a story of tremendous vision and dedication. And success." (Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and The View from Lazy Point)

About the Author

Gregory S. Stone is executive vice president and chief ocean scientist of Conservation International. He is the author of three books, including Antarctica: Ice Island. David Obura is founding director of the nonprofit research organization CORDIO. He is based in East Africa and works on coral reef research and conservation in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EMHoward on January 24, 2013
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I learned about "Underwater Eden" at a lecture at the New England Aquarium given by the authors. The book has proven to be as compelling and interesting as the lecture that lead me to it. Given all the environmental problems facing the ocean today, it is a rare and wonderful treat to read about the Phoenix Islands, an "Underwater Eden" that is healthy, pristine and full of life. It was also heartening to read about the persistence of those committed to protecting the Phoenix Islands, despite the challenges they faced. Ultimately, this is a success story of ocean conservation, and hopefully a model for future efforts to protect the oceans. In addition, the writing is very engaging, and the book is full of stunning photos that capture the beauty of the wildlife and the people who inhabit the Phoenix Islands. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Schandel on February 18, 2013
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This is a great read and a nice commentary on environmental actions that work! I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the underwater world and conservation.
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The only problem with this book is....it's too brief. I would have liked more details...and more pictures. Yeah, others might have been turned off by this book looking more like a textbook or a scientific report, but I would appreciate greater depth. Obviously, the editors had to make decisions on what to include and who would be buying and reading this book. Not an easy decision for them as the general public probably doesn't want much science. Still, who among the general public will bother to find and read this book? I bought this book from a library...really. And it's not that old. They didn't keep it long, did they? So, if the primary reader is someone very interested in the topic, more depth would have been appreciated.

I'm still giving the book 5 stars as it's great as far as it goes. Maybe the authors will do more in the future...and revise this book with more information as they collect it over the next decade.
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By Babs on August 26, 2014
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Coral is important to all of us whether we know it or not. Everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of losing the coral in the reefs.
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