Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss

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9780679433248: Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss

From the author of Monsters of the Sea and The Book of Whales comes an exhilarating armchair expedition to the last frontier on earth--the bottom of the sea. Ellis first surveys the history of deep-sea exploration, then plunges into the Atlantic's great repository of strange and wondrous fauna, 102 drawings. 32 photos.

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Open this book and you'll plunge five miles below the surface of the sea into a realm inhabited by living creatures that strain the bounds of credibility. Richard Ellis recounts stories of exploration of the deep sea and brings us face-to-face with these unexpected efflorescences of evolution. (6 1/2 X 9 1/4, 416 pages, b&w photos, illustrations)

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Ellis, author of Monsters of the Deep (1994), is both historian and poet of the ocean, combining erudition with passion, and accuracy with imagination. Here he takes us to the very depths of the Atlantic, the silty bottom of that immense, cold, dark, heavy, and ever-moving realm. The last earthly frontier, the deep-sea floor became accessible only after the technology of submersible vessels was perfected. Ellis offers a lively history of submersibles and submarines, from Alexander the Great's fabled device to William Beebe's bathosphere, August Piccard's Trieste, Jacques Cousteau's Deepstar, and Woods Hole's Alvin. Once we've grasped the significance of the achievements of these courageous ocean explorers, Ellis chronicles his own underwater Atlantic voyage and begins to acquaint us with the complex topography of the ocean floor, particularly hydrothermal vents. Ellis describes these unforeseen formations and the strange chemosynthetic creatures who live there with an unabashed sense of wonder, a perspective that enriches all his characterizations of deep-sea inhabitants, from the smallest microorganisms to such marvels as the sea cucumber, squid, octopus, and whale. Donna Seaman

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