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What is Natural? Coral Reef Crisis

By: Sapp, Jan

Price: $10.12

Publisher: New York, Oxford Univ. Press: 2003

Edition: First Softcover Edition

Seller ID: 003415

Condition: New

During the late 1960s and 1970s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish suddenly began to infest coral reef communities around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to that of a burnt-out rain forest. Discussions of the causes and effects of the starfish plague involved virtually every environmental issue of our time: Overfishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, and overpopulation. While many marine scientists and environmentalists demanded that action be taken to stop the plagues, others maintained that the epidemic is a natural feature of ... View more info