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The Sea Around Us (Oxford University Press Paperback) [Paperback]

Rachel Carson , Ann H. Zwinger
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10 April 1997 Oxford University Press Paperback
Here is the strange story of the seas - how they were born, how life emerged from them, and the marine world within them. Rachel Carson's writing teems with images - the newly-formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; volcanic action throwing up huge masses on the ocean floor to create immense mountains and desolate canyons; giant squid battling sperm-whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface. A new chapter by Jeffrey Levinton, brings the science of "The Sea Around Us" 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. First published in 1951, this work won the National Book Award.

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (10 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195069978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195069976
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderful book ... a sheer pleasure to read" -- Thor Heyerdal

"Carson has a rare gift for transmuting scientific fact into lucid, lyrical language." -- Time

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The late Rachel Carson was for many years a marine biologist and then editor-in-chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She was also the author of Silent Spring, Under the Sea Wind, and At the Edge of the Sea. Jeffrey Levinton teaches at the State University f New York at Stony Brook and is the author of Marine Ecology. Ann Zwinger is the author of A Desert Country Near the Sea, Beyond the Aspen Grove, and Run, River, Run.

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Beginnings are apt to be shadowy, and so it is with the beginnings of that great mother of life, the sea. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about the Sea and the Oceans 5 April 2006
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The Sea Around Us is wonderfully written and it's a must for all who are fascinated by the sea and the oceans.
Tides and tidal bores, land and underwater rivers, volcanoes, tidal waves, el nino, the impact of weather etc, how our oceans work around the world - east to west and pole to pole - it's all there, clear and concise yet easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 5 Feb 2010
Wonderful book. You'll never think of the sea in the same way again.
Carson effectively started the conversationist/ecology movement with this title and Silent Spring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dive into it! 7 July 2014
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I found this book following the Google Doodle honouring Rachel Carson's environmental awareness work. I was struck by how beautifully written this was. The description was evocative, and while it was a scientific book, the narrative flowed quite nicely. Somehow the content was highly educational but avoided the 'lecture' style. Because there is no proper 'story' to the book, I have been reading it on and off simply whenever I am in the mood to be transported into a deep ocean of discovery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Science literature 19 Feb 2013
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Good condition and dispatched promptly. Carson's work commands both literary and scientific merit. Eloquently written, this book engages even the not so scientific reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all lovers of Nature 5 Jan 2013
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I bought this copy for my young friend's 15th birthday. It inspired me as a child some 50 years ago! Updated illustrations and a magical book.
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