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  • Page extent: 548 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.22 kg

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  • Dewey number: 551.42409943
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Geomorphology--Australia--Great Barrier Reef (Qld.)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521853026)

The Geomorphology of the Great Barrier Reef

Cambridge University Press
9780521853026 - The Geomorphology of the Great Barrier Reef - Development, Diversity, and Change - by David Hopley, Scott G. Smithers and Kevin E. Parnell
Table of Contents


Contents

Prefacepage ix
Acknowledgementsxii
1Geomorphology and the Great Barrier Reef1
1.1Introduction1
1.2The role of geomorphology in the understanding of coral reefs3
1.3A chronicle of geomorphology and reef research5
1.4The history of geomorphological study of the Great Barrier Reef to 19827
1.5Outline of the following chapters16
2Foundations of the Great Barrier Reef18
2.1Introduction18
2.2Geological and geomorphological development of the coast19
2.3Evolution of the Coral Sea27
2.4The continental shelf of north-east Australia30
2.5The late establishment of the Great Barrier Reef34
2.6The Pleistocene Reef37
2.7Conclusion40
3Sea level: a primary control of long-term reef growth and geomorphological development42
3.1Introduction42
3.2Quaternary sea-level change44
3.3Late Pleistocene sea level49
3.4Postglacial sea level58
3.5Historical sea-level change on the Great Barrier Reef87
3.6Conclusion90
4Oceanography, hydrodynamics, climate, and water quality as influences on reef geomorphological processes92
4.1Introduction92
4.2The climate of the Great Barrier Reef region94
4.3Oceanography and hydrodynamics99
4.4High-frequency waves111
4.5High-intensity events118
4.6Mainland influences125
4.7Oceanographic and climatological stressors135
5Spatial analysis of the morphology of the reefs and islands of the Great Barrier Reef138
5.1Introduction138
5.2Remote sensing and the Great Barrier Reef138
5.3The history of spatial data collection and analysis139
5.4Great Barrier Reef lagoon areas and volumes146
5.5Reef and reef island statistics and classification147
5.6Reef types and reef management162
5.7Conclusion165
6The non-reefal areas of the continental shelf166
6.1Introduction166
6.2Surficial sediments167
6.3Subsurface sediments and the Pleistocene surface171
6.4Low sea-level drainage patterns175
6.5The age of shelf sediments180
6.6The Halimeda bioherms183
6.7Conclusion190
7Fringing and nearshore coral reefs191
7.1Introduction191
7.2Distribution and settings192
7.3Fringing reef structure202
7.4Holocene reef growth207
7.5Fringing reef morphology and processes222
7.6Conclusion231
8The mid-shelf reefs of the Great Barrier Reef233
8.1Introduction233
8.2The data base235
8.3Criteria used to classify the selected reefs247
8.4Evidence of morphological evolution from the internal structure of reefs255
8.5Evolution of windward reef fronts260
8.6Rates of geomorphological development: discussion and conclusions265
9The coral reefs of the outer shelf of the Great Barrier Reef271
9.1Introduction: shelf-edge morphology271
9.2Modes of shelf marginal reef growth and major influences on the growth morphology272
9.3Detailed structure and evolution of the shelf-edge reefs276
9.4Conclusion309
10Islands of the Great Barrier Reef311
10.1Introduction311
10.2Classification and geomorphology of reef islands315
10.3Island distribution343
10.4Reef island formation346
10.5Reef island dynamics353
10.6Discussion: reef island prospects and potentials360
10.7Conclusion365
11The accumulation of the Holocene veneer to the Great Barrier Reef367
11.1Introduction367
11.2The depth to the antecedent surface368
11.3The fabric of the Pleistocene foundation370
11.4Date of recolonization during the Holocene transgression372
11.5Rates of growth and accretion375
11.6The timing of reefs reaching modern sea level380
11.7Reef growth relative to sea-level rise383
11.8Holocene reef structure and facies development386
11.9Comparisons with reefs elsewhere391
11.10How does the Great Barrier Reef compare?403
11.11Conclusion408
12The Holocene evolution of the Great Barrier Reef province411
12.1Introduction411
12.2The glacial maximum low sea level – 20 000 years BP412
12.3The early transgression to 12 000 years BP416
12.4The start of the Holocene – 10 000 years BP422
12.5The final 2000 years of the transgression – 7000 years BP424
12.6The mid to late Holocene426
12.7Conclusion429
13Geomorphology’s contribution to the understanding and resolution of environmental problems of the Great Barrier Reef431
13.1Introduction431
13.2Sediments and reefs432
13.3Nutrient excess and the Great Barrier Reef442
13.4Geomorphological assessment for conservation447
13.5Management of reef islands450
13.6Global climate change, geomorphology, and coral reefs459
13.7Conclusion467
References469
Geographic index519
Subject index526

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