Stretching 1,400 miles along the Australian coast and visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is home to three thousand individual reefs, more than nine hundred islands, and thousands of marine species, and has alternately been viewed as a deadly maze, an economic bounty, a scientific frontier, and a precarious World Heritage site. Now the historian and explorer Iain McCalman takes us on a new adventure into The Reef to reveal how our shifting perceptions of the natural world have shaped this extraordinary seascape.
Iain McCalman is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a historian, a social scientist, and an explorer. He is a professor of history at the University of Sydney.
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