The Sea around Us / Edition 3by Rachel Carson, Ann H. Zwinger, Jeffrey S. Levinton
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./em>/em>… See more details below
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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Table of Contents
|Preface to the 1961 Edition|
|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|
|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|
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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.
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.