Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea

Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea

by Gail Gibbons
     
 

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Open this underwater exploration guide, and journey to the darkest depths of the oceans. Water covers almost three-fourths of our planet's surface, yet many of us have never seen what lies far beneath the waves. Filled with intriguing facts and colorful illustrations, this book examines the history and science of diving, the different ocean zones, and the future of… See more details below

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Open this underwater exploration guide, and journey to the darkest depths of the oceans. Water covers almost three-fourths of our planet's surface, yet many of us have never seen what lies far beneath the waves. Filled with intriguing facts and colorful illustrations, this book examines the history and science of diving, the different ocean zones, and the future of undersea research. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
From the sunlight zone (water's surface down to 450 feet) to the abyss (13,000 to 20,000 feet deep), Gail Gibbons follows the crew of a deep-diving submersible craft into the ocean depths, noting the changes in terrain and animal life at the various levels. Thoughtful attention to page design and narrative produce an account that is both spare and surprisingly rich. Text blocks, sometimes with an added band of illustration, are set high on the pages, focusing the eye down into the darkening deep. The submersible, its small mixed-gender, multi-racial crew, and the creatures they encounter are cheerfully and rudimentarily sketched against the watercolor-washed ocean. Labels identify parts of the craft and the many animals, and explanations of the differing ecologies of the levels are brief. A concluding set of vignettes form a timeline of diving developments, indicating that only in recent decades have humans been able to go deeper than the uppermost levels of ocean. The trip down is intriguing and informative and should set many readers on the path of further exploration.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
In an eminently understandable and friendly text, Gibbons takes young researchers down into the unexplored depths of the seas. With more than three-fourths of the earth covered by oceans, there is plenty of mystery in these depths. As the divers descend from the Sunlight Zone down, down, down to the Dark Zone, Gibbons fills the pages with watercolors illustrating the life forms that could be encountered and reveals facts about the adaptations that permit these creatures to live in dark, cold waters with a limited food supply and water pressure that is one hundred times greater than air pressure on land. There are parts of the ocean that are even deeper called the abyss, but these explorations to date have been conducted by unmanned explorers tethered to another vessel. The last spread recaps the history of diving and the final pages contain facts about the deeper parts of the oceans.
Children's Literature
Follow a submersible as it descends into the ocean depths. Go through each zone and see animals and plants that live in these distinct ocean habitats. This is a factual book about how some researchers go into the ocean to find samples of plants and animals down in the ocean's depths. It shows the type of research equipment they use to do this. It also gives the names of many plants, fishes, and shells found in the deep ocean environment. The end of the book features a page of diving history, followed by a page of ocean exploration history. The illustrations compliment the facts presented. This technical type book is perfect for the elementary school child doing research on oceans. It is also the type of book that preschool children who are fascinated by the ocean will enjoy poring over. 2002 (orig. 1999), Little Brown and Co, Ages 5 to 12.
— Nicholas Leising
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3Told as the story of one dive, this title begins, A large ship has reached its destination far out to sea. Readers are then taken from the mother ship to a submersible, a small vessel that can measure, videotape, and collect samples, and down on a four-hour trip through three ocean levels. The shades of blue darken page by page as the vessel descends through each zone. The regions are succinctly described and illustrated with labeled drawings of animals representative of each level. The artwork practically tells the story, accompanying the narrative exactly. The crew includes men and women, but the submersible is the star of this book. It is drawn in cross section, showing how it utilizes its many and varied tools to illuminate, film, and/or gather marine samples. Especially effective is the contrast of its vivid yellow light shining against the black background of the ocean. A two-page chronology of significant events in the history of diving is included as is a look into the future. Other intriguing facts may well inspire young readers to learn more about the subject.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316309455
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher is the best-selling name behind more than seventy-five sports novels for young readers, including the Peach Street Mudders baseball series of chapter books.

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