Prologue : A country of the mind -- Labyrinth : Captain Cook's entrapment -- Barrier : Matthew Flinders's dilemma -- Cage : Eliza Fraser's hack writer -- Bastion : Joseph Jukes's epiphanies -- Hearth : Barbara Thompson, the ghost maiden -- Heartlands : the lost lives of Karkynjib and Anco -- Refuge : William Kent escapes his past -- Paradise : Ted Banfield's island retreat -- Obsession : the quest to prove the origins of the reef -- Symbiosis : Cambridge dons on a coral cay -- War : a poet, a forester, and an artist join forces -- Extinction : Charlie Veron, Darwin of the coral -- Epilogue : A country of the heart.
"A journey into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, as experienced by explorers, scientists, and artists. The Great Barrier Reef is the most spectacular marine environment on earth, a true wonder of the world. Yet the history of our encounters with it has long been elusive. In The Reef, the acclaimed historian and explorer Iain McCalman recounts in full the dramatic story of the reef and the people who have been captivated by it for two centuries. "-- Provided by publisher.