The Deep : The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss, Hardback Book

The Deep : The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss Hardback

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On dry land, most organisms are confined to the surface, or at most to altitudes of a hundred meters - the height of the tallest trees.

In the oceans, though, living space has both vertical and horizontal dimensions: with an average depth of 3,800 meters, the oceans offer 99 percent of the space on Earth where life can develop. And the deep sea, which has been immersed in total darkness since the dawn of time, occupies 85 percent of ocean space, forming the planet's largest habitat.

Yet, these depths abound with mystery. The deep sea is mostly uncharted - only about 5 percent of the seafloor has been mapped with any reasonable degree of detail - and we know very little about the creatures that call it home.

Current estimates about the number of species yet to be found vary between ten and thirty million.

The deep sea no longer has anything to prove; it is without doubt Earth's largest reservoir of life.

Combining the latest scientific discoveries with astonishing color imagery, "The Deep" takes readers on a voyage into the darkest realms of the ocean. Revealing nature's oddest and most mesmerizing creatures in crystalline detail, "The Deep" features more than two hundred color photographs of terrifying sea monsters, living fossils, and ethereal bioluminescent creatures, some photographed here for the very first time.

Accompanying these breathtaking photographs are contributions from some of the world's most respected researchers that examine the biology of deep-sea organisms, the ecology of deep-sea habitats, and the history of deep-sea exploration.

An unforgettable visual and scientific tour of the teeming abyss, "The Deep" celebrates the incredible diversity of life on Earth and will captivate anyone intrigued by the unseen - and unimaginable - creatures of the deep sea.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 200 colour plates
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Marine biology
  • ISBN: 9780226595665



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Very interesting and amazing pictures. I have to admit that I did not read very much of the text, but it was cool to know some of the names of the creatures and I liked some of the large quotes of famous explorers and divers.

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As a terrestrial being you are taught that most of the Earth surface is covered by water, and an average student also knows that below 100 meters there is not much light, even if still plenty of water. But the direct consequence is less obvious: most of the life of this planet lives and survives there. And this book explains how, with impressive pictures and didactic articles from a variety of experts. I learned A LOT, and initially I borrowed the book only for the pictures!

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Filled with full color photos of some scary/creepy/fascinating looking creatures from the deepest parts of the ocean, this coffee table sized book is good reading for anyone of any age with an interest in what crawls, swims, or scurries along the ocean floor. However, Lovecraft fans will be disappointed that Cthulhu does not appear in these pages.