The Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Stretching more than 2000 km along the coast of north-eastern Australia, the Reef is also the largest coral ecosystem on Earth. Its unique environment supports an astonishing and almost unequalled biodiversity, from microscopic plankton to whales, with many more species still to be discovered.

The human history of the Reef is no less intriguing. Indigenous Australians have known the Reef for millennia and their Dreaming stories offer tantalising glimpses of a truly ancient world. Europeans first encountered the Reef some 500 years ago on perilous voyages into unknown waters, but have only recently begun to understand its almost unimaginable complexity.

This book weaves these equally vibrant strands of natural and cultural heritage into a single narrative that leads the reader on their own voyage of discovery through one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Publication details

ISBN: 978 0 9751116 5 9
Paperback and hardback, 250 x 210 mm (portrait), full colour, 440pp
Date of publication: 2013
Published by Queensland Museum with support from BHP Billiton Cannington
Contributing authors: Robert Adlard, Andrew Amey, Claudia Arango, Brit Asmussen, Trish Barnard, Niel Bruce, Patrick Couper, Gregory Czechura, Peter Davie, Merrick Ekins, Dennis Gordon, John Healy, John Hooper, David Hopley, Jeff Johnson, Darryl Potter, James Davis Reimer, Kevin Tilbrook, Kathy Townsend, Stephen Van Dyck, Carden Wallace, Leigh Winsor

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