Coral Reefs

written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

What do corals eat? Why are corals more colourful at nighttime? Find the answers to these and other questions abut coral reefs through informative text and clear, detailed illustrations.

Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Today this active environment is home to about 20,000 kinds of brilliantly colored corals, plants, and animals--more sea creatures than are found anywhere else in the world. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is so large that astronauts can see it from outer space!

Coral reefs are found in tropical waters around the world. Detailed, brilliantly colored drawings illuminate information about how the reefs are formed, how they grow, and how the many different kinds of plants and animals live in this special environment.

Author's note: The samples of sea life shown in this book are from coral reefs around the world. These plants and animals do not necessarily share the same habitat simultaneously as illustrated here. All the sea life shown in the Great Barrier Reef (pages 26-27) actually live there.