The Sea around Us / Edition 3

The Sea around Us / Edition 3

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by Rachel Carson, Ann H. Zwinger, Jeffrey S. Levinton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195069978

ISBN-13: 9780195069976

Pub. Date: 12/12/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks.…  See more details below

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Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It remained 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 classic work 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; giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface; and 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.

Reintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics. In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief foreword.

Today, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it. Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195069976
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/12/1991
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
188,823
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 5.32(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1961 Edition
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. 1Mother Sea
1The Gray Beginnings3
2The Pattern of the Surface21
3The Changing Year39
4The Sunless Sea53
5Hidden Lands77
6The Long Snowfall97
7The Birth of an Island109
8The Shape of Ancient Seas127
Pt. 2The Restless Sea
9Wind and Water143
10Wind, Sun, and the Spinning of the Earth169
11The Moving Tides187
Pt. 3Man and the Sea About Him
12The Global Thermostat207
13Wealth from the Salt Seas229
14The Encircling Sea243
Afterword260
Credits274

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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.