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VOYAFrom the coastal regions to the open oceans, each volume in this collection explores the characteristics, the inhabitants, and the future of sea life. Opening chapters focus on the features of each aquatic zone, describing its physical properties, its unique qualities, and the challenges that each environment poses. Subsequent chapters investigate the inhabitants of each ecosystem, progressing from the smallest creatures to the largest predators. Each book ends with a chapter that explores the future of the particular environment, listing its challenges and discussing possible solutions. The Continental Shelf manages at once to be an overview of life on the ocean floor and a detailed investigation of scientific concepts such as food chains and biodiversity. Chapters function as mini texts, filled with information that could be used in either generalized research about a certain aquatic environment or specific research on fish anatomy. Other volumes in the series focus on the open ocean, the coral reef, the coast, and the saltwater wetlands. In addition to several black-and-white photographs and illustrations, each volume features an insert of color photographs. The inclusion of a glossary, an index, and a list of print and Internet resources makes the series not only a good investigation of sea life, but it is also a good tool for research. This set is an excellent stand-alone source for aquatic information and a good introduction to many scientific concepts and issues. (Life in the Sea). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Facts onFile, 142p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading., PLB $35.. Ages 11 to 15.