In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

by Bill Streever

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Overview

In this masterful account in the spirit of Bill Bryson and Ian Frazier, a longtime deep-sea diver masterfully weaves together the science and history of Earth's last remaining frontier: the sea.



In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating: full of mystery, danger, beauty, and inspiration. In Oceans Deep celebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water: free divers able to reach 300 feet on a single breath; engineers and scientists who uncovered the secrets of decompression; teenagers who built their own diving gear from discarded boilers and garden hoses in the 1930s; saturation divers who lived under water for weeks at a time in the 1960s; and the trailblazing men who voluntarily breathed experimental gases at pressures sufficient to trigger insanity.


Tracing both the little-known history and exciting future of how we travel and study the depths, Streever's captivating journey includes seventeenth-century leather-hulled submarines, their nuclear-powered descendants, a workshop where luxury submersibles are built for billionaire clients, and robots capable of roving unsupervised between continents, revolutionizing access to the ocean.


In this far-flung trip to the wild, night-dark place of shipwrecks, trapped submariners, oil wells, innovative technologies, and people willing to risk their lives while challenging the deep, we discover all the adventures our seas have to offer — and why they are in such dire need of conservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316551311
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 234,693
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bill Streever is the bestselling and award-winning author of And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind, Cold, and Heat. As a biologist, he has worked on issues ranging from climate change to the restoration of Arctic tundra to underwater noise to the evolution of cave crayfish. With his wife and co-captain, he splits his time between Alaska and their cruising sailboat, currently in Central America.

Table of Contents

Disclaimer xiii

Preface 3

Chapter 1 Descent 7

Chapter 2 On a Breath 38

Chapter 3 Under Pressure 72

Chapter 4 Saturated 110

Chapter 5 Submerged 151

Chapter 6 The Robots 191

Chapter 7 An Ocean in Need 229

Epilogue 261

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 267

Index 289

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