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The Living Ocean: Understanding and Protecting Marine Biodiversity Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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Human activities now threaten myriad species of plant and animal life not only on land but in the world's oceans. Stating that the "deep-ocean floor, originally thought to be biologically poor, supports a diversity of species that may be comparable to that of the tropical rain forests," the authors define marine ecosystems and discuss such destructive practices as construction and dredging in coastal areas and the overharvesting of marine resources. In examining what can be done to stop the destruction, they note that many national programs and laws designed to protect marine biological diversity are poorly funded and difficult to enforce. Because of its clear presentation of urgent environmental issues as well as constructive suggestions for conserving marine biological diversity, this book, with its glossary of scientific terms, is suitable for general readers as well as for government planners on all levels. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
- Judith B. Barnett, Pell Marine Science Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Narragansett
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Boyce Thorne-Miller is marine science and policy coordinator at SeaWeb, based in Washington, D.C.
Top Customer Reviews
The book seems to have a lot of good content, but I had to put it down because I didn't have the strong foundation in marine biology for it to make much sense.
Probably suitable for advanced readers!
Boyce Thorne-0Miller took a interesting approach to a difficult assignment. She sets out to catalogue man's negative impacts of the sea and threats to oceanic biodiversity. She begins by outlining the definitions and necessity of biodiversity. Then chapter by chapter, topic by topic gives us the potential for various human-ocean interaction to damage it. She backs up her conclusions well with explanation and statistics and goes to great length to explain her deductive reasoning. This book would only be a bore to a person who doesn't have a serious interest in the subject and a little bit of a biology background. I would use this as a text for an undergraduate course on marine conservation biology. I would also suggest it for people with more than a cursory interest in marine conservation. It is wordy and thought provoking, but it presents information, it does not tell you what to think.