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Main Title The sea around us /
Author Carson, Rachel,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Howe, Katherine L.,
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 1951
OCLC Number 00573901
Subjects Oceanography ; Zeeèen ; Oceanografie ; Meereskunde
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  GC21.C3 1951 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 01/26/1990
ERAM  GC21.C37 1951 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/11/2016
ESAM  GC21.C37 1951 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 12/16/2013
Collation vii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-220) and index.
Contents Notes
The gray beginnings -- The pattern of the surface -- The changing year -- The sunless sea -- Hidden lands -- The long snowfall -- The birth of an island -- The shape of ancient seas -- Wind and water -- Wind, sun, and the spinning of the earth -- The moving tides -- The global thermostat -- Wealth from the salt seas -- The encircling sea. Carson's writing teems with stunning, memorable images--the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans; giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface; and incredibly powerful tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy. Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise. Reintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics. In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief foreword. Today, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it. Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work.