A Visual Guide

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Uses text, photographs, and maps to explore the world's oceans and the life forms they support, covering such topics as how the oceans were formed, how they interact to affect global weather patterns and the history of ocean exploration.

Firefly Books Ltd

"This is a superb book. The authors are to be commended. Not only did I find the book informative and useful, but as an ichthyhologist [fish expert] and former director of a marine conservation non-governmental organization, I learned new information."
- Neil Alfonso, Research Services, Canadian Museum of Nature

The world's oceans contain habitats that are as different from one another as a rainforest is from a desert. Oceanography is little more than a century old, and scientists now explore the sea in specialized submersibles and scan its features from space.

Oceans explores the mysteries of these fascinating worlds beneath the waves. From the coastline to the deepest trench, oceans host an astonishing variety of marine life. Some are rare, some bizarre, some of breathtaking beauty. Each form of life has adapted to the extreme conditions of ocean life in unique and fascinating ways.

This book features hundreds of color illustrations and photographs that reveal the oceans like never before:

  • The Blue Planet: 71% of Earth is covered by oceans that are largely unexplored
  • Exploring the Ocean: from ancient times to the age of satellites
  • Ocean Life: the circle of life from plankton to whales
  • Into the Deep: the origins of life in a world of darkness
  • The Fringes: marine life where the oceans meet the land
  • The Human Impact: the wealth of the oceans and how to protect them.

A visual guide to oceans -- their formation and extent; the life-forms they support; their value to humans; and the threats they face.

Book News
Featuring vivid color photographs and illustrations throughout, this guide for students and general readers describes the world's oceans and the life forms they support. The authors (both affiliated with Southampton Oceanography Center, UK) begin by explaining how the oceans were formed and how they interact to affect global weather patterns and environmental cycles. Other topics include (for example) the history of ocean exploration, the ecosystems of deep-sea vents, and the impact of humans on the health of the seas. Oversize: 9x9". Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books (U.S.), 2005
ISBN: 9781554070695
Characteristics: 303 p. : chiefly col. ill., col. maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hawkins, Lawrence E.


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A wonderful, encyclopedic book on the oceans of the world. Consisting entirely of self-contained two-page spreads, it can be read in brief periods of time, or over many hours at a stretch. Fabulous photographs, which can stand on their own, but are supplemented by pithy commentaries. Excellent resource to anyone who has ever travelled by sea.


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