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The Coast of Coral [Paperback]

Arthur C. Clarke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but dated look at underwater life. April 26 2004
By j-c-m
Format:Paperback
Originally published in 1955, The Coast of Coral is an account of Arthur C. Clarke's exploration of the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia. He describes the large variety of coral found during his many dives there, along with fish and other inhabitants of the reef, including several shark encounters, all accompanied by sixteen pages of B&W photos. The book is somewhat of a look into the past, as much of the reef has now been destroyed by careless tourists, some fishing methods, pollution, and the more natural ravages of weather. Also dated is activity like eating sea turtle eggs, and walking on the reef, which the author retracts in his recently written introduction. Clarke touches on Australian culture and there are several chapters on pearl diving. Unfortunately there are a few typos, seemingly common in ibooks publications. An example from page 32 shows editors can't just rely on spellcheckers: "...if the hark did appear, I was chiefly anxious to get him in the game picture as Mike..." While the reader should be able to determine what is meant, these errors are irritating and could easily have been eliminated with better proofreading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars different side of a well known author March 26 2004
Format:Paperback
love it!!!!!
happened upon it in a small bookstore in providence ri.....
big fan of marine historical stories and this is definately one of them!!!!!
plus i am a a.c.clarke science fiction fan too...so great to see different side of the man....
quite humourous to see the differences in tech and thinking about diving...
love it.....cannot wait for the third in the series to be reprinted!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but dated look at underwater life. April 25 2004
By j-c-m - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Originally published in 1955, The Coast of Coral is an account of Arthur C. Clarke's exploration of the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia. He describes the large variety of coral found during his many dives there, along with fish and other inhabitants of the reef, including several shark encounters, all accompanied by sixteen pages of B&W photos. The book is somewhat of a look into the past, as much of the reef has now been destroyed by careless tourists, some fishing methods, pollution, and the more natural ravages of weather. Also dated is activity like eating sea turtle eggs, and walking on the reef, which the author retracts in his recently written introduction. Clarke touches on Australian culture and there are several chapters on pearl diving. Unfortunately there are a few typos, seemingly common in ibooks publications. An example from page 32 shows editors can't just rely on spellcheckers: "...if the hark did appear, I was chiefly anxious to get him in the game picture as Mike..." While the reader should be able to determine what is meant, these errors are irritating and could easily have been eliminated with better proofreading.
5.0 out of 5 stars A significant historical diving book for the collector. Jan. 28 2014
By STEPHEN K TAYLOR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Arthur C. Clarke traveled to Australia at a time when scuba diving was just beginning. He brought with him two French designed Aqua Lungs (Cousteau-Gagnan process). When he arrived he discovered that the French Aqua Lung was already dated and the new single hose scuba was in use. It had been invented by Ted Eldred in Melbourne, Australia. The book tells of his adventures both in and out of the water. The book is the first time the modern single hose scuba ever appears in an international diving book. Clarke appears to have completely lost interest in the Aqua Lungs he brought with him and continued his adventure with the Australian Porpoise underwater breathing apparatus. From a historical perspective this book is significant, as it is the first time the rare Porpoise scuba is ever mentioned in scuba and in hookah form (surface supplied).The book tells of his diving adventure and gives some insight into the Australia of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars different side of a well known author March 26 2004
By corgimas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
love it!!!!!
happened upon it in a small bookstore in providence ri.....
big fan of marine historical stories and this is definately one of them!!!!!
plus i am a a.c.clarke science fiction fan too...so great to see different side of the man....
quite humourous to see the differences in tech and thinking about diving...
love it.....cannot wait for the third in the series to be reprinted!!!!!!
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