Life Under Ice

Life Under Ice

by Mary M. Cerullo, Bill Curtsinger
     
 

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* Editor’s Choice, Audubon Magazine
• The organisms that live year-round under the ice of the Antarctic Ocean are truly amazing. Enormous jellyfish and fish with blood like antifreeze are just a few of the creatures captured in their unique habitat by marine photographer Bill Curtsinger.Marine photographer Bill Curtsinger has returned to Antarctica a

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* Editor’s Choice, Audubon Magazine
• The organisms that live year-round under the ice of the Antarctic Ocean are truly amazing. Enormous jellyfish and fish with blood like antifreeze are just a few of the creatures captured in their unique habitat by marine photographer Bill Curtsinger.Marine photographer Bill Curtsinger has returned to Antarctica a number of times to photograph the animals and plants that survive in the icy, ice-capped waters at the end of the earth. Mary Cerullo shares his story with us, telling what it's like to start a diving trip by cutting a hole in ice eight to ten feet thick, then diving into the chilly depths with the light shining through your entry hole the only beacon to your escape route.Bill's amazing photographs and his curiosity about the world combine to show us a strange and wonderful part of our earth where some fish survive by having clear blood that acts like antifreeze, jellyfish and sponges and sea spiders grow enormous, the food web is simple, and even minor changes in conditions can affect the the survival rate of baby penguins. We learn how penguins and seals are adapted for life on the ice and under it, how the ice acts like a greenhouse roof for marine plants during Antarctica's summer months, and how it keeps the water warmer than the air during the frigid winter.Bill meets scientists from all over the world who travel to Antarctica to study not only its marine life, but weather, the stars, climate change and human impacts. This is inquiry-based science, up close — and often under ice.A glossary and resource list continue the learning and will lead you to some exciting websites along with an excellent curriculum guide on Antarctica available online from the American Museum of Natural History.

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Booklist
“Illustrated with stunning color undersea photographs, a fascinating look at the many creatures living near and beneath the waters of Antarctica.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“There’s enough weirdness and beauty combined to draw reluctant readers as well as animal lovers and junior ecologists.”
Audubon Magazine
Editor's Choice.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...there's enough weirdness and beauty combined to draw reluctant readers as well as animal lovers and junior ecologists.
Children's Literature
Antarctica brings to mind a vast, uninhabitable land of ice and mystery. This book presents the South Pole as a place of dazzling beauty, whose flora and fauna attract scientist from all over the world. And it does this in an interesting way. Cerullo, who has written many science books for children, presents the text through the photographer's eyes—or lens. Curtsinger first photographed Antarctica as a young man in the navy. Years later, it still amazes him. The book follows the photographer, who accompanies a research team at the McMurdo Field Station, a research facility for American scientists. His photos of the landscape sparkle, but his pictures from under-the-ice dives are outright enthralling. Cerullo goes into detail about the diving suit and gear that divers must put on, plus how they must tunnel through ice to reach the water. She describes an encounter with a Weddell seal, as well as the giant brittle stars, isopods, jellyfish and sponges that inhabit the cold waters. Back on land, Curtsinger has questions for such well-known scientists as Paul Dayton, from Scripps Institute of Oceanography. This is a fine book; it presents a unique overview of Antarctica's underwater life. The illustrations are clear and colorful but captions under each photo explaining precisely what the reader was seeing would have been helpful. 2003, Tilbury House, Ages 10 to Adult.
— Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Intriguing color photos of Antarctica taken from above and below the ice by a nature photographer accompany a clearly written text that describes conditions, dives, and discoveries. An absorbing introduction to an environmentally significant region. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884482475
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Cerullo decided at thirteen that she ought to become an oceanographer. Although her career has always centered around the ocean, she discovered that she preferred exploring many different topics, which led her to teach and write about the ocean instead. She has written fourteen nonfiction books for children on ocean life.
She likes to immerse herself in her topic, so a few years ago Mary accompanied
Jeff on an underwater dive with ten Caribbean reef sharks. Mary's "day job" is associate director of Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental group in South Portland, Maine.

Bill Curtsinger, like many explorers before him, first traveled to Antarctica as a young sailor. He was in the Navy Combat Camera Group, assigned to photograph the work of National Science Foundation researchers. In the years since, Bill's photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Outside, Natural History, and Smithsonian.

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