Reviews for Underwater Eden : Saving the Last Coral Wilderness on Earth

Choice Reviews 2013 May
This book is about the Republic of Kiribati, a nation comprising the Gilbert, Phoenix, and Line Islands, and the four expeditions, sponsored by the New England Aquarium, to these distant atolls from 2000 to 2009. The book is divided into ten chapters, all by established scientists who wrote about the expeditions' discoveries as they related to their research interests. For example, there are chapters devoted primarily to the coral reefs, the history of exploration, fishes, marine invertebrates, terrestrial biota, bird life, ecotourism, and the possible fate of the islands under the threat of global warming. Kiribati received international attention in 2006 when it declared the waters surrounding the Phoenix Islands, consisting of 400,000 square kilometers, a marine protected area, one of the world's largest. With its important emphasis on conservation, the scope of this well-written volume is much broader than the title indicates. The only drawback is the disappointing quality of the colored photographs. A valuable resource for students in various biology-related disciplines and conservation biologists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. General Readers; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Professionals/Practitioners. J. C. Briggs emeritus, Oregon State University Copyright 2013 American Library Association.