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The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic / Edition 1

The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic / Edition 1

by Stan Ulanski


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ISBN-13: 9780807832172
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/08/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stan Ulanski is professor of geology and environmental science at James Madison University.

Table of Contents


Preface Acknowledgments

Part I. Coming Full Circle: Flow in the Atlantic Chapter 1. Swirls and Conveyors Chapter 2. Anatomy of the Gulf Stream Chapter 3. Flowing Down the Hill: The History of Ocean Circulation

Part II. Life in the Gulf Stream Chapter 4. Floaters and Drifters Chapter 5. Bluefin Tuna: The Great Migration Chapter 6. Fishing the Blue Waters

Part III. Sailing the Atlantic Chapter 7. Exploration and Discovery Chapter 8. Colonization of America

Epilogue Bibliography Index

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Here is the amazing story of the ocean river we know as the Gulf Stream, told in a manner the layman can understand.—David Stick, author of Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast

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The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S. Ulanski's "The Gulf Stream" covers a lot of territory about ocean circulation, ocean life, historic explorers, scientists, and colonization that used the different currents--the takers, takers, takers (exploitation, slavery, whaling), the rebellers of the takers (pirate Blackbeard), and more. He also mentions the innovators--Michael Markels' ideas (page 71) on increasing phytoplankton and fish through adding nutrients to the Gulf Stream (for fishing--takers, takers, takers). There are also many nice illustrations. Yet, this book lacks depth as it was written almost as a mass-market book, but for those that like mass-market books, it would be a fantastic read. You probably will want to sail there. What would have made this book a five-star would be if the author added more information such as text boxes listing the many life forms (common and scientific name) in the areas he mentions. Also, more in-depth about the ocean composition such as the oxygen at the various levels of ocean depth. Some issues with this are mentioning a slave trader in year 1751 (Captain Henry Ellis) as being innovative and discovering low temps at bottom of the ocean. How silly, they knew about that way beforehand, probably from off of the coasts of their home country, but basically listing a monster with an innovation usually is a no-no? (Nuremburg Laws?). And, the use of the word "linch-pin" (page 55) though the author also mentions the horrors of slavery in the book. This may seem trite, but I read a lot, and I do not see this wording that could be seen as derogatory in books, usually the editors take them out or the words were never there. Of course, this is a North Carolina Univerity Press book...I did not get the feeling that much is known about the Gulf Stream in terms of current, flow, that there are still many unknown areas in this oceanic region.