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The Reef

Author : Iain McCalman
ISBN : 9780857972477
Genre : Nature
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Iain McCalman's brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure. Equal parts gifted storyteller and acclaimed historian, McCalman brings to life the people who've shaped our knowledge and perception of this World Heritage-listed site. Arguing that the Barrier Reef is a product of human as much as natural history, created by minds as well as corals, McCalman describes encounters between peoples and places, ideas and environments, over the past two centuries and more. Where today the Reef is known for its astonishing underwater beauty and diversity, once it was notorious for the shipwrecks in its treacherous waters. Navigators struggled to chart a safe passage through, and scientists later theorised about the creation of this massive structure - the largest marine environment on the planet. Quixotic individuals spent years sailing the globe for an answer, and the fiery debate between Darwinists and creationists caught the world's attention. Then came successive waves of resource hunters and exploiters, followed by beachcombers and artists who fought to stop them, and the marine specialists who first became aware of the threats to the Reef's survival. In between, the Indigenous peoples of the Reef gave succour to castaways like Eliza Fraser, and were then vilified for it. Other survivors of shipwrecks lived for years with the clans of the region, were adopted by them and taught their traditional ways of life. The first social, cultural and environmental history to be written of the Great Barrier Reef, The Reef is an effortlessly readable and often moving story of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. PRAISE FOR IAIN McCALMAN'S DARWIN'S ARMADA: 'The most eloquent of storytellers. Iain McCalman has all the gifts: he unearths buried threads; distills complex thought, ambition, emotion and pure chance; tempers wit and irony with wonder; finds drama in profound ideas.' Don Watson 'What a fine book this is! Deeply researched, skilfully constructed and written with engaging flair.' Henry Reynolds 'Like few other historians, but much like Charles Darwin himself, Iain McCalman has that happycombination of talents - rigorous accuracy, gleeful irreverence and narrative flair - which turns fact into something better than fiction.' John Collee, scriptwriter, Master and Commander 'Reads as a combination of Boy's Own travellers' tales stretching from the Amazon to Antarctica, and a scientific adventure story as racy as any historical novel.' The Guardian 'Exhilarating . . . [an] originality of perspective, along with prose taut and vivid, makes Darwin's Armada a standout.' Weekend Australian

The Reef

Author : Edith Wharton
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Genre : Fiction
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"Unexpected obstacle. Please don't come till thirtieth. Anna." All the way from Charing Cross to Dover the train had hammered the words of the telegram into George Darrow's ears, ringing every change of irony on its commonplace syllables: rattling them out like a discharge of musketry, letting them, one by one, drip slowly and coldly into his brain, or shaking, tossing, transposing them like the dice in some game of the gods of malice; and now, as he emerged from his compartment at the pier, and stood facing the wind- swept platform and the angry sea beyond, they leapt out at him as if from the crest of the waves, stung and blinded him with a fresh fury of derision.

The Reef

Author : Nora Roberts
ISBN : 9780748110902
Genre : Fiction
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As a young girl, Tate Beaumont fell in love with Matthew Lassiter... and had her heart brutally crushed. Eight years later, Tate has worked hard to become a marine archaeologist, while Matthew is a talented but troubled salvage diver. And both share a dream - to find Angelique's Curse, a ruby and diamond encrusted amulet, steeped in legend and said to be lost somewhere at the bottom of the Caribbean. Forced into a reluctant partnership with Matthew and his uncle, Tate soon learns that her arrogant but attractive fellow diver holds as many secrets as the sea itself. Desires, buried for so long, begin to rise to the surface. But when the truth emerges about the mysterious death of Matthew's father, their treasure hunt soon becomes deadly . . .

The Reef

Author : Juan Villoro
ISBN : 0807600210
Genre : Fiction
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A Caribbean resort specializing in faked cartel kidnappings is the site for Villoro s profound and satirical murder mystery."

The Reef

Author : Di Morrissey
ISBN : 9781459622470
Genre : Domestic fiction
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Beneath the calm aqua waters of the Great Barrier Reef, there is an ongoing war for survival. It is a war among the creatures, the life forms and the coral that make up the reef. It is so threatened it could disappear within 30 years. Above the reef on a small coral cay, two communities come together in an uneasy alliance: a tourist resort and a scientific research station. Ambitious Blair Towse is appointed assistant manager of the resort with his wife, Jennifer, who finds herself isolated, lonely and forced to confront her childhood fear of the sea. On the surface, the island is all you could wish for: a lush resort, a naturalist's dream, a diver's delight. But Jennifer begins to discover the island holds secrets and dangers.

The Reef

Author : Mark Charan Newton
ISBN : 9781447209546
Genre : Fiction
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Has-jahn: a continent of exotic cultures, cities and long-forgotten technology. Two members of a race once thought extinct wash up on the shores near the city of Escha. In their possession is a call for help from a human living on the little-known tropical island of Arya, where their race is being murdered. A crew of freelance explorers, led by the charismatic Santiago DeBrelt, travels to discover the mystery behind the killings. However, Santiago's controversial nature leads to him being accompanied by government agents — who wish to explore Arya and find out why Eschan naval vessels have disappeared in the seas surrounding it. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of Rhoam, a city in central Has-jahn, a band of terrorists are embarking upon an epic journey to the very same waters. Still angry from an old war with Escha, they've gathered explosives and weapons, and will allow nothing to interfere with their quest for a phenomenal revenge. But secret pasts are revealed and soon all eyes turn to the coral reef off the coast of Arya. With echoes of Joseph Conrad and China Miéville, The Reef is a modern fantasy journey with original creatures and peoples, a story of relationships foundering on tropical sands and in dark waters.

Across The Reef

Author : Victor J. Croizat
ISBN : 0788126652
Genre : History
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Tells the story of the amphibian tracked vehicle as it makes its way out of the swamps of Florida to the islands of the Pacific. There, at the beginning of World War II, the amphibian tractor was first featured in minor logistic roles at Guadalcanal and gained in importance as the Allies made their way up the New Guinea coast and the Solomon Islands chain. At the end of 1943, it appeared at Tarawa in the Central Pacific in a new tactical role which established the amphibian tractor as an indispensable complement to the amphibious assault operation.

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