The Sea around Us

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Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us was a phenomenal success. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained on top for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It stayed on the list for more than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired an Academy Award-winning documentary, and won both ...
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Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us was a phenomenal success. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained on top for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It stayed on the list for more than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired an Academy Award-winning documentary, and won both the 1952 National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal.
This commemorative edition has over 130 beautiful, full color illustrations from all over the world--everything from breaching whales, Christmas Tree worms and phosphorescent shrimp, to fur seals, flashlight fish, and giant squid. The volume features a foreword by Carl Safina, a founder of the Blue Ocean Institute; an introduction by explorer Robert D. Ballard, renowned for his role in finding the Titanic as well as for his discovery of life around deep-sea hydrothermal vents; and an afterword by Brian J. Skinner, an eminent geologist and former president of the Geological Society of America.
The book itself remains as fresh today as when it first appeared. Carson's writing teems with stunning, memorable images--the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans; incredibly powerful tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy. Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise.
For anyone who loves to wander the shore, sail the ocean, or ponder what lies beneath the waves, this illustrated special edition of The Sea Around Us will make a perfect gift.
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Carson's 1951 paean to ocean life was a surprising smash hit. It remained on the New York Times best sellers list for more than a year and a half, holding the top spot for the first six months. This gorgeous commemorative edition is illustrated with roughly 130 photos and artworks from around the world. If your existing copy is looking ragged, replace it with this beauty. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195147018
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/13/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,204,833
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Carson was named by Time magazine one of the top 100 Scientists and Thinkers of the twentieth century. A biologist, writer, and ecologist, she also wrote Under the Sea Wind and Silent Spring, one of the seminal books of the environmental movement in America. She was a charter member of the Ecology Hall of Fame.
Carl Safina is recipient of the Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment as well as a John Burroughs Medal. He is also a MacArthur Fellow.
Robert D. Ballard is best known for his discovery of deep-sea wrecks such as the Titanic. The president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut, he led the 1977 expedition that first found life around hydrothermal vents in the sea floor, a major scientific discovery. He is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and the Director of the Institute of Archaeological Oceanography.
Brian J. Skinner is Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and a past president of the Geological Society of America. He co-edited The Oxford Companion to the Earth.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1961 Edition
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. 1 Mother Sea
1 The Gray Beginnings 3
2 The Pattern of the Surface 21
3 The Changing Year 39
4 The Sunless Sea 53
5 Hidden Lands 77
6 The Long Snowfall 97
7 The Birth of an Island 109
8 The Shape of Ancient Seas 127
Pt. 2 The Restless Sea
9 Wind and Water 143
10 Wind, Sun, and the Spinning of the Earth 169
11 The Moving Tides 187
Pt. 3 Man and the Sea About Him
12 The Global Thermostat 207
13 Wealth from the Salt Seas 229
14 The Encircling Sea 243
Afterword 260
Credits 274
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    If you love the Sea/Oceans-You will be amazed!

    A very interesting read! Learn something new on every page as to what is under the surface of the Oceans. Incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Sea Around Us

    Rachel Carson wrote three sea books and this one is my favorite with Edge of the Sea a close second. Her chapter on the Global Thermostat could have been written in 2003, it seems so current. Her science is conveyed poetically. Global warming was noted world-wide in the 1950's and she substantiates every reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    Sea Around Us

    Rachel Carson wrote a chapter in this book entitled the Global Thermostat. It sounds like today's Global Warming in 2003. She made it clear back in the 1950's that we were in a warming trend which means Winters will be colder. Her writing of yesteryear sounds so current. The science is written in a poetic style so that all may understand.

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