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Life on the rocks : building a future for coral reefs / Juli Berwald.

Berwald, Juli, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 333.9553 BER (Text) 33500013593124 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593087305
  • ISBN: 0593087305
  • Physical Description: 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Reef futures -- What keeps a reef together -- Florida -- Sulawesi -- Bali -- Dominican Republic -- Washington, D.C. -- Australia, from afar.
Summary, etc.:
"Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: wondrously diverse, deeply interconnected, and critically imperiled. They sustain entire ecosystems and protect vulnerable coasts. But corals across the planet are in the middle of an unprecedented die-off, beset by warming oceans, pollution, human damage, and their own devastating pandemic. Even under stress, they are out-of-this world gorgeous, sending out warning flares in fluorescent bursts of yellow, pink, and indigo. Juli Berwald fell in love with coral reefs as a marine biology student, entranced by their beauty and complexity. While she was concerned by bleaching events and coral disease, she didn't fully understand what a dead reef meant until she experienced one on a dive: barren, decaying, and coated in slime. Deeply alarmed, she traveled the world desperate to discover how to prevent their loss. Life on the Rocks is a meditative ode to the reefs and the undaunted scientists working to save them against almost impossible odds. Berwald explores what it means to keep fighting a battle that can't be won, contemplating the inevitable grief of climate change and the beauty of small victories"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    *Starred Review* The increasing threat against the world's reefs has been in the news a great deal, especially since revelations about the devastating bleaching of coral at the Great Barrier Reef. Science writer Berwald (Spineless, 2017) has conducted an excellent study of efforts to save the reefs, talking to a plethora of scientists around the world over the past few years. Attending conferences and traveling to reefs near Key West, Bali, and Indonesia, she writes of out-of-the-box geoengineering projects, aquarium aficionados, and intriguing studies of reef evolution. This is a long game in terms of results, she stresses, that nevertheless must be approached at the fastest of speeds. In an intriguing authorial choice, she shares the family crisis that unfolds while she researches the coral, writing of her teenage daughter's increasingly fraught battle with debilitating anxiety and OCD. In both cases, the potential for error is high, and no easy cure is available. Berwald's concern for her daughter and growing awareness of the intricacy surrounding the fight to save the reefs make for a compulsive reading experience. Solidly researched, sharply observed, and compassionately rendered, the parallel struggles in Life on the Rocks make for science writing that is illuminating on several levels. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science from the University of Southern California. The author of Spineless and a science textbook writer and editor, she has written for a number of publications including The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate.

Subject: Coral reefs and islands.
Coral reef conservation.
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology.
Coral reef conservation.
Coral reefs and islands.

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