Atlas of Oceans: An Ecological Survey of Underwater Life

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Overview

A tragedy is playing out beneath the surface of the world's bodies of marine waters, one that began long before the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although many books have explored the environmental problems being faced on land, Atlas of Oceans is the first book for a general audience that examines how creatures of the marine environment are if anything more vulnerable than their land-based counterparts.

Readers are introduced to the dazzling, diverse array of creatures that inhabit the oceans and seas, and to the nature of the problems they face. Special features focus on the threats to particular animals, plants, and habitats, as well as on specific issues like overfishing, global warming, and pollution. The book also includes success stories, recommendations for what can be done to preserve ocean ecosystems, and a complete rundown of the most endangered species of marine life.

Beautifully illustrated, packed with maps and diagrams, and containing up-to-the-minute data on the status of endangered marine species, Atlas of Oceans is a celebration of Earth's vibrant and awe-inspiring oceans and seas and an urgent call to action to protect one of our planet's most vital resources.

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Editorial Reviews

North Coast Journal

“with good writing and photos, this book repays the time (and angst) involved. Information on separate topics is valuable and fascinating, but even more important and impressive is this comprehensive view of the great waters, three-quarters of our planet, and three-quarters of ourselves.”—Bill Kowinski, North Coast Journal

— Bill Kowinski

North Coast Journal - Bill Kowinski
“with good writing and photos, this book repays the time (and angst) involved. Information on separate topics is valuable and fascinating, but even more important and impressive is this comprehensive view of the great waters, three-quarters of our planet, and three-quarters of ourselves.”—Bill Kowinski, North Coast Journal
Booklist - Nancy Cannon
"Informative and engaging . . . Outstanding color photographs and authoritative, accessible text define the Atlas of Oceans, which is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries."—Nancy Cannon, Booklist
Library Journal
Farndon (How the Earth Works) here presents a combination of coffee-table book and an explanation of the problems of global change, with an emphasis on endangered marine species. The book is divided into broad areas including "Ocean Life Zones" and "World's Oceans and Seas," with chapters and subtopics featuring two-page spreads with full-color illustrations. Farndon also tries to appeal to both UK and American readers by including, e.g., miles/km, ton/tonne, designations. VERDICT This is a book to browse rather than plow straight through. The table on endangered species, index, and glossary are vitally important, so it's a worthy purchase that will be useful to students working on term papers. Readers interested in global change, the effect on the environment, and species survival also will enjoy this in bite-sized pieces.—Jean E. Crampon, Univ. of Southern California Science & Engineering Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300167504
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,389,150
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Farndon studied earth sciences at Cambridge University and has written more than 300 reference and general interest books for children and adults, including How the Earth Works, Amazing Planet Earth, Natural World, China Rises, India Booms, 365: Modern History, The Universe Explained, and 101 Facts You Should Know about Food. His books have been translated into most major languages, and he has been shortlisted four times for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He lives in London.

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