The Explorers of the Undersea World

The Explorers of the Undersea World

by William H. Goetzmann

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-This book is more about the exploration of the undersea world than the lives of the explorers. Astronaut Michael Collins's introduction mentions only fellow male astronauts, and the series' introduction discusses only male explorers. The text begins with Matthew Fontaine Maury, the father of oceanography, with details about his adult life, his promising seagoing career in the Navy cut short by a disastrous stagecoach accident that permanently damaged his leg. Then, scientific techniques of exploration through soundings and dredgings are described. Next is venturing underwater, beginning with the fictional inspirations of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and concluding with the difficult work of making such journeys a reality. While not wildly exciting, the book is well organized, packed with facts, readable, and interesting. The black-and-white illustrations are a combination of reproductions, diagrams, and charts, and although some are blurry, they are engaging. Full-color photographs from the latest deep-sea discoveries are included in a center insert. The list for further reading has several titles from the '60s and '70s that might be difficult to locate.-Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA

Product Details

Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
World Explorers Series
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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