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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dustjacket has surface rubbing, and light creasing to the edges. There is light discolouring to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 224 x 294 mm
Pages: 504
Publisher: David Bateman Ltd
Publication date: 2004


Seashore Ecology of New Zealand and the Pacific
By John Morton

This book is about the animal and plant communities that exist where the margins of islands and continents slope into the sea.

Written in part to be the successor to Morton and Miller's The New Zealand Sea Shore (1968), this present work has been designed with an alternative approach. Whereas Morton and Miller described both hard and soft shores, The Seashore Ecology of New Zealand and the Pacific is virtually confined to hard shores, but it ranges over the total realm of the Pacific. The primary story is concerned with the intertidal zone, the narrow belt over which the interface of land and sea regularly shifts back and forth, in most parts of the world twice daily.

New Zealand shores are systematically described in their regional detail, drawing patterns of species together to reveal whole communities. Over 380 illustrations help to describe and identify the principal life-forms. There is a chapter on the geology of shore formations. Then with a broader brush follows a comparative account of the equivalent hard shores, with their biogeography, around the entire Pacific Rim. The final section culminates with an account of the coral shores of the tropical Pacific, based first on the atoll of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, easily reached from New Zealand and still-for the present at least-unspoiled.


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