Coral Reefs of the Gulf: Adaptation to Climatic Extremes by Bernhard M. Riegl, Sam J. Purkis (auth.), Bernhard M. Riegl,

By Bernhard M. Riegl, Sam J. Purkis (auth.), Bernhard M. Riegl, Sam J. Purkis (eds.)

Coral Reefs of the Gulf: model to Climatic Extremes is a whole overview and reference for scientists, engineers and scholars excited about the geology, biology or engineering features of coral reefs within the center East. It presents for the 1st time a whole evaluation of either the geology and biology of all extant coral components within the Gulf, the water physique among Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. In summer season, this region is the most well liked sea with plentiful coral progress on the earth and already at the present time indicates a temperature that's estimated to ensue around the topical ocean in 2100. therefore, through learning the Gulf at the present time, a lot could be discovered approximately tomorrow’s international and the aptitude of coral reefs to evolve to climatic extremes. This quantity offers the main authoritative and updated evaluate of the coral reefs within the Gulf. it may be used as a quantity of basic reference or as a textbook treating contemporary coral reefs.

Written through neighborhood and foreign specialists, the textual content is richly illustrated and may stay a customary reference for the zone for many years to return. Contributions stretch from climatology via geology, biology, ecological modelling and fisheries technology to functional conservation points. The booklet comes in handy for the technical specialist and informal reader alike.

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2010). Flooding of the Gulf likely initiated shortly prior to 12,000 year BP as the ocean transgressed into the basin via the Strait of Hormuz (Lambeck 1996; Teller et al. 2000). With this sills overtopped, the Gulf witnessed a rapid rise in sea-level between 12,000 and 9,000 year BP from less than 90 m to less than 30 m below the present level. This was followed by a more gradual rise to a point between 3 and 6 kyr ago when today’s sea-level was reached. M. J. V. J. M. Riegl Fig. 1 Reconstructions of the Holocene transgression for Arabia and surrounding regions.

Though the IOM penetrated northwards into Arabia, the rainfall may not have been particularly pronounced in the northern reaches of the region, however, here there exists evidence for equally wet conditions but the onset of Westerly winter rainfall originating in the Mediterranean is implicated (Arz et al. 2003). Whether southern Arabia’s wet-phase can be attributed more to monsoon or local effects, or whether the north of the region owes its rainfall to the IOM or Mediterranean weather systems, there is abundant evidence that the region was subjected to an episode of high rainfall through the early- to mid-Holocene (Fig.

2003; Arz et al. 2006). These hyper-arid conditions persist today with annual average rainfall less that 10 cm in the Gulf (Purser 1973; Sheppard et al. 1992). Though Arabian wet-phases were generally short in duration, there is reasonable evidence that they have occurred several times through the Pleistocene during transitions from glacial to interglacial conditions. Just as for the penultimate glaciation, the trigger would have been rapid global warming at the tail-end of an ice age inducing a temporary alteration of atmospheric circulation with an intensification of the southwest monsoons (McKenzie 1993).

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