• Diploma, Science, Publication
CORAL REEFS - BIOLOGY / Coral reefs are important for many different reasons aside from supposedly containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms. They provide habitats and shelter for many organisms. This book is dedicated to this valuable ecosystem.
“Most people stare up into space with wonder, yet we have this almost alien-world on our own planet—just teeming with life. But it’s a world most people never explore.”
– Richard Vevers
With this quote begins the processing of "Coral Reefs - Biology", a scientific publication by the marine biologist Charles R. C. Sheppard. Sheppard's text forms the substantive basis for the present diploma thesis. His treatise describes maritime, biodiverse and productive tropical ecosystems and deals with the symbiosis of their inhabitants and their influence on our world. The book itself serves to deepen the understanding of the influences on maritime ecosystems, as well as the effects of their stability on our environment.