This exhaustive overview of oceanography captures the excitement of discovery in the making. The Oceans opens up the world of ocean science to the general reader and raises significant questions about the future of the ancient, nurturing ocean itself.
The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the globe, yet less than 5 percent of that expanse has been explored. But, as Drs. Prager and Earle show in this vivid survey of ocean research, our knowledge is suddenly accelerating: various dives, soundings, computer analyses, and other probes are uncovering amazing facts about the 142 million square miles beneath the seas.
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Not since Rachel Carson's magnificent The Sea Around Us has there been a book that tells the complete story of the ocean, in clean and elegant prose, sparing none of the science. This is the book I've been waiting for ever since reading its classic predecessor. And I am pleased to have had a hand in its coming to publication.
--Griffin Hansbury Associate Editor McGraw-Hill Trade ScienceFrom the Back Cover:
'How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Ocean.' - Arthur C. Clarke.
'The evolutionary tale of the Earth and its oceans is undoubtedly the world's greatest adventure, soap opera, and disaster movie all wrapped into one. The setting is the planet Earth, and the characters are all forms of ancient and modern life. The story takes place, for the most part, in an exotic and unfamiliar terrain that is often rocked by cataclysmic asteroid impacts, fiery volcanic eruptions, and huge earthquakes that rip apart the land..The characters of this epic adventure will change, sometimes being familiar in form and at other times being alien-like creatures of nightmarish proportion. Events occur that cause biologic catastrophes and give rise to new characters, as the old are mortally wounded or usurped by a new ruling class. But throughout much of the story, one factor will remain the same - the presence and life-giving nature of the sea..This is one story everyone should know, for it truly puts in perspective our own...impact on the Earth.
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