The Reef

The Reef: A Passionate History

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Iain McCalman's book title grabbed me at first glance, I mean who doesn't love a passion filled tale? But then I read on and I was truly sold: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change.

After initially reading the subtitle as "Captain Hook," I was a bit disappointed that McCalman won't be discussing fairies and boys who will never grow old, but I still have reason to look forward to reading this book. Beyond the beautiful book cover, this ecosystem biography delves into all aspects of the seascape. I'm sure this will be added to my list of dearly loved science histories - a list that includes Simon Singh'sBig Bang and Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything

The book elucidates the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reefs which, much like the arctic, has felt severe and early impacts of man-made climate change and reaction to ocean acidification. But what I am even more exited to learn about is the social evolution of humanity and what that has meant for this underwater wonder. 

For more about The Reef and Iain McCalman check you the New York Times Sunday Book Review and  the Economist.