The Deep-Sea Floor

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Incredibly rich and realistic illustrations take readers up close to the curious creatures and plants that thrive in the vast severe habitat of the ocean's floor.

Marine biologist and renowned children's book writer Sneed B. Collard III introduces children to many fascinating sea creatures–from bioluminescent fish to giant tube worms–that survive without sunlight. A history of deep-sea exploration from sonar to submersibles shows how far ...

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Overview

Incredibly rich and realistic illustrations take readers up close to the curious creatures and plants that thrive in the vast severe habitat of the ocean's floor.

Marine biologist and renowned children's book writer Sneed B. Collard III introduces children to many fascinating sea creatures–from bioluminescent fish to giant tube worms–that survive without sunlight. A history of deep-sea exploration from sonar to submersibles shows how far scientists have come in their ability to investigate these great depths.

Inspire young readers to explore the possibilities of marine science.

Reveals the animal life that lives in the deepest oceans and examines the technology that allows scientists to conduct research in areas characterized by trenches, vents, and seeps.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For budding oceanographers, The Deep-Sea Floor by Sneed B. Collard III, illus. by Gregory Wenzel, sheds light on the denizens of the deep and presents the history of ocean exploration, from hundreds of years ago, when many thought the ocean was bottomless, to the present, where scientists routinely utilize "deep-sea submersibles" (or vehicles) to troll the depths.
Children's Literature
This fascinating and up-to-the-minute account of the sea floor and the animals that live there is sure to attract fans of the odd, weird, and cutting-edge. Collard explains clearly how the ocean floor changes and how scientists refer to various depths. Readers are informed that dwellers in the near-lightless depths can't eat the absent plants so rely on gradually and ever-sinking fecal pellets of the sea-going creatures swimming above them, and "marine snow," the bits and pieces that fall from animals and plants above. Text explains bioluminescence and its purposes in deep-sea fish, and other adaptations that bottom-crawlers must make, including those that live near deep-sea vents and cold seeps. To round out the picture, text shows the deep-sea submersibles currently in use and the depth to which they can dive. Young readers may notice that measurements are given in metric first, with English feet in parentheses, but one wonders when American readers will warm to the correct use of metric measurement in science, let alone in everyday use. This is one of the most useful and well-written survey books for this age group, well supported by a glossary, four nonfiction resource books, and three Web sites. End papers depict and label 18 deep-sea critters, which suggests that children might conduct further research beyond this book. 2003, Charlesbridge, Ages 7 to 11.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Collard takes readers a mile below the sea's surface to look at the geography and animal life of the ocean floor and gives a brief history of its formation and exploration. Large, color illustrations show creatures usually found only in total darkness. Especially useful are the diagrams of the Earth's crust and how oceanic ridges are created from hot magma rising out of the earth. Brief mention is made of deep-sea submersibles but there is enough to encourage readers to look for further information on this subject. A pronunciation guide to unfamiliar scientific words and names is another worthwhile addition to this fine, informative introduction.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A captivating look at the strange creatures found at the bottom of the sea. Collard (Beaks, 2002, etc.) begins with a brief history of underwater exploration and an explanation of how the movement of huge crustal plates results in deep trenches and vast ridges or even mountain ranges below the surface of the sea. Then he takes the reader to the bottom of a trench and describes how animals find food in total darkness, survive under enormous pressure, in chilling cold as well as scalding-hot conditions. He introduces concepts such as "marine snow," and bacteria that manufacture their own food in a process called chemosynthesis. Finally he describes the many submersibles scientists are using to explore underwater life. Handsome illustrations capture the eerie blue-black environment, where many inhabitants are white or eyeless, and some are bioluminescent and carry their own light sources. The few species illustrated provide a fascinating glimpse of the strange world near the deep-sea bottom. Spots of 18 odd creatures grace the end papers. Collard's well-chosen words coupled with the eye-catching art make this an interesting browser as well as a fine addition to the science collection. (glossary, bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914034
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 796,274
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Sneed B. Collard III has been a biologist and a computer scientist. He's put his knowledge and experience to use by writing more than thirty children's books, including MANY BIOMES, ONE EARTH; BEAKS; and TEETH. He began writing after graduating with honors in marine biology from the University of California at Berkeley. After earning his master’s in scientific instrumentation at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he continued to hone his craft while serving as a computer consultant for biologists. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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