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Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life Hardcover – 15 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (15 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206436
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Citizens of the Sea"is not a book to be read alone. It is packed with facts and photographs that are so cool, so bizarre, and so downright amazing that you'll want to make sure you have some willing company to share them with.[ ] Although you may find yourself reading"Citizens of the Sea"cover-to-cover regardless of your intentions, its gorgeous photos, one-page stories, and "fast fact" boxes also lend themselves to coffee table perusal. The book would be an excellent vehicle for inspiring older children to get excited about the ocean, but I would particularly recommend it for adults who want to rekindle their childlike wonder. Just don't read it alone!" Joanna Solins, CORAL Communications Associate ""Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life"by Nancy Knowlton is a new National Geographic production, and the perfect book for curling up with on a cloudy afternoon with a big pot of tea. The photos, of course, are mind blowing, and Nancy's accompanying text is bright, fun to read, and chock full of the "beauty, weirdness, and wonder of the sea." Nancy is a serious scientist known for her work discovering new corals and figuring out new ways of classifying them. Increasingly, she has turned her attention to helping others understand the ocean's wonders "as its citizens have no vote in any international body, but they need to be heard." This book is a unique combination of photos and substance." Nancy Baron, Author of "Escape from the Ivory Tower"andOcean Science Outreach Director for SeaWeb and COMPASS Citizens of the Sea, is a dazzling collection of photographs of undersea creatures, with commentary byNancy Knowlton, a marine scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a leader of the census effort. The book s goal is to introduce readers to the plants and animals that inhabit the marine world from Antarctic ice to more than six miles down, near the bottom of the Marianas Trench, the deepest spot on the ocean floor. In its pages we encounter creatures both familiar and strange. Most will enjoy it as a journey through what remains a largely alien landscape filled with beautiful and often bizarre creatures." Cornelia Dean, "Getting to Know Your Neighbors Below the Surface," "The New York Times" Science Section The Census of Marine Life, a decade-long project encompassing more than 2,700 scientists across the world, sought to answer a basic but daunting question: What lives in the ocean? The census revealed thousands of new species. National Geographic's new book "Citizens of the Sea," captures many of them. "Washington Post Beautifully illustrated an eye-opening introduction to the life in the sea that surrounds us. Keysnews.com""

About the Author

Dr. Nancy Knowlton holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where her research focuses on coral reefs. She is an expert on biodiversity and threats to the ocean, and her analyses have led to the recognition that estimates of marine diversity are probably too low by a factor of ten. She serves on the National Geographic Society's Committee on Research and Exploration, the World Bank's Targeted Research Program for Coral Reefs, and the Census of Marine Life's Coral Reef Initiative.


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As a professional marine sceintist I was looking for something to enthuse my 14 year-old grandson who generally prefers to send his time with the X-box or PS. I am also often sceptical about these kind of "popular works". I could not have been more wrong this is a marvellous resource for all ages. Nancy Knowlton's 'Citizens of the sea' is packed with beautiful colour photographs, taking the reader on a journey beneath the surface of the ocean.She examines the diversity of ocean life and our impact upon it, explaining what we can do to maintain the health
of our oceans. The appeal then across the generations is important since families can begin to think of what they can do together to take care of our threatened planet. Her knowledge and understanding of the sea and its inhabitants, is gained first hand by many hours of underwater study in her role as a professional research scientist. It is presented to the reader in an easy to understand yet inspiring fashion. A book that will appeal to all age groups and that will become a well thumbed addition to any library or home bookshelf.
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By L2See on 8 April 2013
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Short, fascinating "stories/articles" about our underwater friends. We bought it for Christmas 2012, still charmed. Lovely photos. Even our 4-y-o is fascinated by this book and listens to some of the text.
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The book itself is well produced, the paper is of high quality. Well written and breathtaking pictures. It is also a nice size - not too big and easy to hold...often these coffee table books are large and cumbersome and I dont have space on my bookshelf for them. If you are looking for a book which has high quality photos of marime life, this is highly recommended.
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