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VOYAThe focus of this book is assuredly visual, with the text supplementing the awesome colored illustrations. Chapters begin with the blue planet and include exploration, ocean life, into the depth, the fringes, and human impact. Even the most indifferent student will be tempted to browse photos such as lava flows illustrating evidence for spreading seas, Norwegian fjords, or the giant squid. Teachers will be most impressed by the amazing amount of information packed into maps, graphs, and notes on the illustrations. One double-face illustration explains various feeding strategies by seabirds and another shows whale migration. Exploring the oceans includes ancient and modern seagoing vessels, trade routes, and submersibles. Human impact on the oceans of the world includes fish farming, whaling, pearling, and energy resources. A concluding factfile gives extensive statistics on oceans and seas with subdivisions that include reserves and parks in the world's oceans. The eye-catching appeal of this book will not disappoint the more serious searcher for specific information. The British authors provide an international rather than American perspective. This book will be valuable for a broad spectrum of students and teachers interested in a variety of topics involving the oceans and is a must have for any library adequately serving youth. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, Firefly, 304p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Chronology.,Ages 11 to Adult.