Outstanding full-color underwater photos of coral and an occasionally lyrical text maze this intriguing for browsing, but it is more evocative than scientific. The photos are not captioned except by the text--and they're often superimposed on other photos so that it's not clear whether the same segment of coral is shown under greater magnification or whether it's a different coral altogether. Fine for eliciting a sense of wonder, but more facts would be helpful. For a wider-ranging, more scientific treatment, see Taylor's Coral Reef (below). Fragile binding; no index.