Skip to main content
Thumbnail for The reef : a passionate history

The reef : a passionate history

McCalman, Iain2014
Books, Manuscripts
The Great Barrier Reef, argues Iain McCalman, has been created by human minds as well as coral polyps, by imaginations as well as natural processes. In this landmark book he charts our shifting perceptions of it, from the terrifying labyrinth that almost sunk Cook's Endeavour to a fragile global treasure. The Reef describes twelve key encounters between people, places, ideas and biosystems. In the nineteenth century the region was infamous for shipwrecks, and when Indigenous clans rescued survivors like Eliza Fraser, their actions were misrepresented in the popular press. Later, the whole world caught the fiery debate between Darwinists and creationists over the origins of this colossal structure. Artists and visionaries celebrated its beauty and fought its exploitation; marine scientists catalogued the threats to its existence.
Main title:
paperback edition.
Melbourne : Penguin Books, 2014.
398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Variant title:
Cover title: The reef : a passionate history, the great barrier reef in twelve extraordinary tales.
"The Great Barrier Reef in twelve extraordinary tales".First published in 2013.Includes bibliographical references and index.
Dewey class:
Index terms:
Description and travelQueenslandAboriginesHistoryGreat Barrier ReefAustralian
View my active saved list
0 items in my active saved list