About the book:
Originally published in 1981, Living Shores was for many years the standard reference for marine science students but was also embraced by a popular market for its fascinating insights into marine and coastal habitats and the life they support. After a long absence, this classic has been revived and thoroughly reworked to incorporate the many dramatic changes that our oceans and coasts have undergone over the past few decades.
This book is the first of a two volume set, and examines the different marine ecosystems and how humankind interacts with them. It discusses the evolution of the sea and continents and looks at the ecology of coastal systems, including intertidal zones, beaches, dunes, estuaries, islands, kelp forests and reefs. The book unpacks the relationship between humans and the marine environment, and the consequences of harvesting and mining to meet our needs. It also addresses the impact of climate change, and highlights what can be done to protect our environment.
Richly supported by full-colour photography and numerous explanatory illustrations, diagrams and graphs, this book will prove invaluable to students and teachers but will also appeal to anyone with a fascination for nature and our marine world in particular.
'… a masterpiece … hope for the future … outstanding publication' - John Hanks, Fine Music Radio Book Choice.
'Quite the best book to have arrived on my desk for some time … the culmination of two lifetimes of joyous participation in marine discovery … a complete reworking to reflect modern advances' - Bridget Farham, Editor of Quest.
'… passion and dedication shines through every page … truly a work of love … one of the ‘must haves.' - Orielle Berry, Cape Argus and Daily News.
'… a superb testament to the life’s work of highly respected scientists George and Margo Branch … passion for communication clearly leaps from every page.' - Carl Sagan, Farmer’s Weekly.
‘It should be the recommended textbook for every undergraduate studying marine biology, every marine communicator, and anyone passionate about the ocean. There is no comparable text that I am aware of anywhere in the world. Just as its predecessor did, this is a book that inspires.’ - Mann-Lang, South African Journal of Science