Oceans and Seas

Oceans and Seas

by Nicola Davies
     
 

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Oceans and Seas introduces readers to the fascinating underwater world, from the deepest oceans to the shallows, and the creatures and plants that make salt water their home. Discover the rare mola mola fish and meet the colorful inhabitants of coral reefs. Also, find out how people use the waters of the world, from sports and leisure to fishing and treasure

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Oceans and Seas introduces readers to the fascinating underwater world, from the deepest oceans to the shallows, and the creatures and plants that make salt water their home. Discover the rare mola mola fish and meet the colorful inhabitants of coral reefs. Also, find out how people use the waters of the world, from sports and leisure to fishing and treasure hunting.

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Children's Literature
Part of the "Kingfisher Young Knowledge" series, this colorful book presents an overview of oceans while answering many frequently asked questions. Why is the sea salty? What about the deep, deep oceans—what creatures could live there? What causes waves and tides? And what about mysterious ocean dwellers like the ocean sunfish, giant squid, Manta ray? How do scientists go about learning more about the sea? Filled with clear, colorful photos, the book tackles these questions and more with two-page spread "chapters," plus one vocabulary word in the bottom margin of each page. For instance, in the chapter "Salty Seas," we find that salt comes from both deep ocean sources: volcanic hot spots on the sea floor, well as rivers that wash salt from land into the sea. The saltiest body of water is the Dead Sea in Asia, where salty lumps form at the surface when water evaporates. A close-up of grains of salt shows its crystal-like structure. Davies does a particularly good job explaining over fishing, by catch, and their impact upon ocean and human communities. However, page 30 contains an error: groups of whales are called pods, not schools. The book also has some clever arts and crafts projects which teachers would welcome. 2004, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 5 to 8.
—Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753431580
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
08/28/2011

Meet the Author

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and writer. She has written many children's books on natural history topics such as the human body, whales, oceans, bats, and flowers.

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