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Beneath Blue Waters: Meetings With Remarkable Deep-Sea Creatures

Kovacs, Deborah; Madin, Kate

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ISBN 10: 0670856533 / ISBN 13: 9780670856534
Published by Viking Juvenile
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Title: Beneath Blue Waters: Meetings With ...

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Ventures into the secrets of the deep with a detailed guided tour of the unexplored depths of the ocean, complete with more than fifty full-color photographs and an introduction to some of the sea's most peculiar creatures, such as the glowing jellyfish.

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Gr. 5 and up. Far from all those books about whales and sharks, this astonishing photo-essay explores a deep undersea world with oceanographers, who venture more than a mile down through the ocean to observe and photograph creatures barely ever seen by anyone. The introduction calls it "the last frontier on earth," and readers will be caught by the excitement of traveling there as well as by the science that names and classifies and observes the plants and animals of an alien world. Combining the events and photographs of several real diving expeditions, Kovacs and Madin, both associated with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, narrate three hypothetical voyages of discovery. The first is with scuba divers in the upper epipelagic zone, where the sunlight allows a wide variety of plants and animals to thrive. The second journey is in a research sub to the mesopelagic zone of deepening darkness, where survival is hard and the creatures are scarce. The third is in a special deep-diving research sub to the seafloor, where very few humans have ever been and where they have found a surprising diversity of species that rivals the rain forest. The scientists have photographed and brought back some of these creatures for study, and the close-up pictures include shots of animals that have not yet been named. It's irritating that several long inserts interrupt the main narrative in midsentence, but they do provide fascinating biological information, and the book design is handsome, open, and accessible. For all those turned on by this account of modern exploration, there's a final earthbound reminder--it's back in the lab that the inspiration is turned into hard data. Glossary. Hazel Rochman

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