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Marine Ecology of the Arabian Region : Patterns and Processes in Extreme Tropical Environments - Charles J. R. Sheppard

Marine Ecology of the Arabian Region

Patterns and Processes in Extreme Tropical Environments

Hardcover Published: 30th March 1992
ISBN: 9780126394900
Number Of Pages: 359

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That part of the Indian Ocean bordering Saudi Arabia is a rich mosaic of coastal and marine ecosystems, both natural and man-made. Among these are coral reefs, mangroves, tidal flats, seagrasses, and other hard and soft substrata. Some ecosystems are relatively simple, while others such as the coral reefs are highly complex and among the most diverse in the Indian Ocean. The region divides into several large, semi-enclosed water bodies whose different physical characteristics result in distinct habitats. The overall aridity, extremes of water temperature, and often very high salinities have produced some of the most extreme marine climates on Earth.
This book summarizes the available information on the region, then reviews the processes shaping the various marine and coastal systems. It relates patterns in marine assemblages to the strong environmental gradients and biogeographic barriers in the region. Finally, the book considers the human dimension. Some of the world's poorest and richest nations border these seas, making diverse claims on fisheries and other natural resources. The 1991 Gulf War is only the most recent of a range of impacts affecting the region. Approaches for resolving the increasing resource use conflicts are described.
This volume will be of immense value to research workers, students of marine biology, and environmental managers in general, as well as to those with a particular interest in this part of the world.
Key Features
* One of the few published works on this unique and diverse region
* Serves as a basic introduction to the area
* Provides a detailed analysis of ecosystem function
* Discusses human pollution and its effects

"Written by scientists with great knowledge of the area, the book is authoritative and detailed as well as being readable, well and profusely illustrated, interesting, and up-to-date." --BIOLOGIST

"The book presents, in one work, the latest information on the ecology of the Arabian region." --BIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS

Introduction
Origins and the Marine Climate
Origins, Geography, and substrates in the Arabian Area
The Marine Climate
Marine Ecosystems
Reefs and Coral Communities
Coral Reef Fish Assemblages
Other Arabian Reef Components and Processes
Seaweeds and Seasonality in Arabian Seas
Seagrasses and Dynamic Substrates
Inter-Tidal Areas
Mangroves
Inter-Tidal Areas 2
Marshes, Sabkha, and Beaches
The Pelagic System
Synthesis
Marine Biogeography of the Arabian Region
Ecosystem Responses to Extreme Natural Stresses
Use and Management
Arabian Fisheries
Human Use and Environmental Pressures
Coastal Zone Management
References
Index
Origins and Geography of the Marine Area
The Marine Climate
Benthic Ecosystems and Their Distributions
Coral Reefs
Mangroves and Marsh Plants
Seagrass Meadows
Seaweeds
Pelagic Communities and Fisheries
Human Involvements in the Marine Ecosystems and Resources
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780126394900
ISBN-10: 0126394903
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 359
Published: 30th March 1992
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.78