The oceans are the single most important feature of our planet.
They shape our climate, our culture, our future. Yet we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about Earth's watery depths.
What lies below the frozen Arctic ice-sheets? Or in the intriguing black holes under the Caribbean Sea?
Drawing on the most exciting stories from the fields of sub-aquatic archaeology, geology, marine biology and anthropology, professional diver and explorer Paul Rose reveals an astonishing hidden world of lost cities, forgotten shipwrecks, underwater caves and submerged volcanoes.
He also looks at life in the ocean habitat, from great white sharks to the myriad exotic, but rarely seen, creatures that thrive in the extreme conditions miles beneath the surface.This book, like the landmark television series it accompanies, examines the possible consequences of upsetting this delicate balance and its impact on global warming.
Beautifully illustrated with more than 150 colour photographs, "Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World" unravels the mysteries of the deep and provides illuminating insights into this vast undersea domain. The oceans and seas explored include the Mediterranean, the Sea of Cortez, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Southern Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages, 150+ colour photographs
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/10/2008
- Category: Oceanography (seas)
- ISBN: 9781846075056
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Review by psiloiordinary
I didn't (some how) see the TV series that went with this BBC production. The book stands alone very well with, as you might expect, excellent visuals and a style of rapidly jumping around just like a TV series of one hour episodes.I have been diving once and found it simultaneously breathtaking and very uncomfortable so I am happy to report that this book provides adequate substitute for those without a year of their life and a small fortune to spend in replicating it with personal experiences.A whole year of dives in places around the world ranging from the most popular dive sites, and deservedly so for their wild life, to places never dived before. One such memorable spot was a sink hole with conditions mimicking those on the early anaerobic earth.Underlying tales of ecologies in peril spice up with fascinating glimpses of unusual species made this really enjoyable. Perhaps I should look for the DVD now.