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Map Introduction Diving for Oldies Fishness Going with the Flow When the reef was ours Reefscape with sea-serpents The tears of the turtle Seagrass harvest Chick city An island in time Stressed-out reefscape The beginning of the end of it all Saltwater spirituality Index

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ROSALEEN LOVE is a widely published author of speculative fiction and is known for her contribution to wider public understanding of science. Rosaleen did her PhD in History and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and today works from the Department of Communication, Language and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Technology. Love's work springs from an abiding interest in the history of ideas, including wrong ideas, from science to future studies. She is an invited member of the Humanity 3000 seminar series for 1999-2000, organised by the Foundation for the Future, Seattle.


Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been studied before, but Love aims to explore its meaning as it is experienced by past, present, and future groups: mariners, fishermen, and pearl shellers, Aborigines, scientists, and tourists. The author of two collections of speculative fiction and editor of an anthology of Australian science writing, Love balances her historical views with personal perspective. Watching birds, she muses about the damage we do in spite of our awareness and care, and she counterposes beautiful descriptions of fauna with amounts, costs, and dates of the damage done. She strives to define her own relationship to the reef and is at her best when she matches her scholarship with her experiences, as in the chapter "Diving for Oldies," about the history of scuba diving and learning the sport at the age of 58. Reefscape provides a list of books for further reading and web sites of interest. Recommended for all libraries. Elizabeth C. Stewart, Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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