Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean

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Named 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council

Appealing to children over age ten, this engaging reference book depicts adventurous and thrilling elements in oceanographic fieldwork. In conjunction with a National Geographic television show, this book will reach a huge audience of marine lovers, as well as children interested in science and ...

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Overview

Named 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council

Appealing to children over age ten, this engaging reference book depicts adventurous and thrilling elements in oceanographic fieldwork. In conjunction with a National Geographic television show, this book will reach a huge audience of marine lovers, as well as children interested in science and exploration.

Alien Deep outshines the competition by following a recent, specific deepwater exploration that illuminates new knowledge about our oceans. Following alongside a current expedition, Alien Deep will enable children to observe the processes involved in marine exploration. As scientists delve into the mysterious depths of the ocean, children will be able to witness the excitement of scientific exploration and discovery through enriching text and stunning photography. By describing a recent exploration, children will be able to read and see the new methods and technology that oceanographers use to conduct research.

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Named 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Concentrating on the exploration of hydrothermal vents found on the ocean floor, this book also focuses on how such deep-sea discoveries continue to be made. The knowledge gained about vents and the life they support is well integrated with the work of discovery and interpretation. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, the text begins with the first encounter, in 1977, with this unique habitat of life-forms based on chemosynthesis rather than photosynthesis. Existing in total darkness, extreme cold, and high pressure, these creatures astonished scientists and revolutionized the understanding of deep-sea life. The narrative often uses adult language ("exploring… is an exercise in humility") as it follows the scientists/explorers and their use of submersibles, Remote Operated Vehicles, and sophisticated computer technology. Text bubbles throughout provide short definitions of terms and concepts, e.g., "We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the deep ocean." A one-page glossary provides concise definitions of some of the terms used, such as "symbiosis," "archaea," and "plate tectonics," but does not include pronunciation guides. A one-page listing of websites and books (many National Geographic publications) offers suggestions for further exploration, and an index offers a helpful guide to the text ("siphonophores," "pillow basalt," "tubeworms"). A good overview of the topic and the cooperative effort involved in scientific discovery.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426310676
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 611,093
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BRADLEY HAGUE has worked with National Geographic for six years, researching and developing television series and specials such as Alien Deep, The Human Family Tree, and Explorer: The Moment of Death. His work has also appeared on the Discovery Channel, BBC News, and in the American Red Cross coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He lives in the District of Columbia.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Alien Deep is an amazing book that explores the wonders of our o

    Alien Deep is an amazing book that explores the wonders of our ocean. I bought this book for several of my friends' children and greatly enjoyed reading it with them. We had so much fun learning about hydrothermal vents and discovering more about the fascinating sea creatures that live in our ocean. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring science, nature and the mysteries of our oceans! P.S. Barnes and Noble recommends this book for 10 and up, but I think an 8 year old could easily handle it and the 6 year olds' with whom I read this book happily followed along with the reading and loved all of the pictures of the ocean and its creatures. We had a great time exploring the ocean together.

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