Ocean: The World's Last Wilderness Revealed

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As the site where life first formed on Earth, a key element of the climate, and a continuing but fragile resource, oceans are of vital importance to our planet. From the geological and physical processes that affect the ocean floor to the key habitat zones, flora, and fauna, this is the definitive reference to the world's oceans for the entire family.
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Overview

As the site where life first formed on Earth, a key element of the climate, and a continuing but fragile resource, oceans are of vital importance to our planet. From the geological and physical processes that affect the ocean floor to the key habitat zones, flora, and fauna, this is the definitive reference to the world's oceans for the entire family.
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Like its predecessors, this addition to DK's annual coffee-table pictorial series stuns browsers to silence with its spectacular photographs of underwater life and landscapes. With lavish spreads, catalogs, maps, and texts, Ocean lays out the many splendors of the sea; from coast and seashores to the open ocean with its dazzling diversity of marine life. This 500-page book includes the latest development in ocean exploration and photography. A thoroughly seductive package.
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This massive volume, published in association with New York's American Museum of Natural History and featuring an introduction by marine explorer Fabien Cousteau, is divided into four sections comprising a general overview of the physical and chemical features of the ocean; ocean environments such as seashore, shallow seas, and open ocean; ocean life; and an atlas of the oceans. The nine contributors to the volume (most are British) include marine biologists, paleontologists, and natural history and life sciences writers. Many pages combining text, photos, and diagrams with great amounts of information, including small maps and statistical tables, are interspersed with dazzling double-spread color photos that also bear textual material. A glossary, index, and separate atlas index are included. Ease in locating material for ready reference in the various sections is provided by colored right-hand margins. Bottom Line Topics such as bioluminescence, wind farms, and white sharks are treated more fully here than in Dorrik Stow's Encyclopedia of the Oceans (Oxford Univ.). However, Stow's volume is about half the size while having more text in relation to illustrative material and providing an excellent overview for the general reader. The two volumes thus complement rather than compete with each other. Suitable for high school, public, and academic libraries.-Judith B. Barnett, Pell Marine Science Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756622053
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2006
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

    Person below me is wrong.

    This book wasn't meant to show the culinary side of the ocean... It was very vivid, informative, and a joy to read. Perfect for any ocean lover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Best Book on Oceans

    I was amazed with this book! There were so many things I didn't realize/know about the ocean until I reed it in this book. I highly recommend this book for teachers, parents, teens, kids, everyone whom would be interested in learning about Earth and life on this planet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Well designed and interesting

    A great book for all people interested in the sea and all about it!!Good for general interest,and probably for students.I have been fascinated with the sea for years,and this book has given me most of the answers!!
    Great book to have around!!I keep reading parts,and keep it on my night table!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    Wonderful book!

    The person who gave this wonderful book a " disappointing" review because it didn't include enough on oysters needs therapy. Beautiful and well displayed, this book is truely a marvel. I gave this book as a gift to a scuba diver that I know, and he has it sitting on his coffee table for all to read. He looks at it almost daily, and many visitors have enjoyed it as well. Beautiful pictures with a vast amount of knowledge in every page. If all you care about are oysters, then perhaps pick up a book on that, instead of a book titled Ocean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Disappointing

    After reading the other reviews given here, I went to see this book. I was disappointed to find that for all of its content there was nothing about the edible oyster species. They are the center of an extensive international aquaculture industry. There are several oyster species world wide that have always had significant culinary, cultural and economic importance. None are mentioned in this book. What else might have been left out? A nicely illustrated book but not thorough.

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