Hidden Depths: Amazing Underwater Discoveries (Hidden! Series)

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9781550378627: Hidden Depths: Amazing Underwater Discoveries (Hidden! Series)

Ten buoyant tales of undersea discoveries.

There are some amazing surprises hidden beneath the sea. In 1961, astronaut Gus Grissom's space capsule splashed down in the Atlantic and began filling with water. Grissom escaped, but the craft sank three miles to the ocean floor and wasn't recovered until 1999.

Of course, some vessels were designed to sink. During the American Civil War, the world's first combat submarine successfully sank a blockade ship in the waters near Charleston, South Carolina. Unfortunately for the triumphant crew, the experimental sub never resurfaced until it was raised 136 years later!

Dive into Hidden Depths and discover ten amazing and true stories of the lost and found beneath the waves, including:

  • The sunken pirate haven of Port Royal, Jamaica
  • Ancient undersea fossils found in the Rocky Mountains
  • A prehistoric fish thought extinct and found alive
  • Remains of the seventh wonder of the ancient world: the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Complete with tips for true-life sea searchers and saturated with funny and fact-filled cartoon-style illustrations, Hidden Depths is awash in history's -- and prehistory's -- deepest secrets.

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About the Author:

Tina Holdcroft has spent many years at sea. She has illustrated over thirty children's books, as well as seventy adult books.

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Introduction

Ahoy thar mateys! Get out of your bathtubs and abandon the hunt for those deep-diving rubber duckies, those slippery bars of soap, those cheap plastic fish. Search instead through the pages of this book (dry your hands first) and see what's hiding under the wet stuff that covers over two-thirds of the planet.

Sink into some super stories of shipwrecks, a Civil War submarine, and a wicked sunken city. Take another breath, then dive down for a look at a long-lost lighthouse, a missing spacecraft, and a fish that everyone thinks is extinct.

There's much more to see beneath the sea. After all, it's the easiest place to lose things, the hardest place to search, and -- from the shallow shores to the deep ocean bottom -- it's the best hiding spot on earth!

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