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Children's LiteratureLounging on a beach in summertime and listening to the waves washing up on the shore is many people's idea of a perfect vacation. However, most never view the beach as part of the largest ecosystem on the planet. Much of the Earth is covered by water in the form of oceans, gulfs and seas. Contained within this biome are numerous types of habitats ranging from the warm, shallow tidal zones to the cold, mysterious dark zone. Parts of some oceans have never even been visited by man and yet man seems intent on destroying them. Many ships still discharge their waste into the water during voyages and oil spills destroy huge areas in a matter of hours. This new reference book, part of a series, "Biomes Atlases," examines oceans and beaches. It is divided into five parts: climate, plants, animals, people and future, and the sections are separated by profiles of each of the oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. While the book is an excellent reference book, filled with interesting facts and beautiful pictures and maps, it can be a very dry read in some parts. Still, it is a good addition to a science library. 2003, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson