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Life in the Mid Atlantic Hardcover – 2009


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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Bergen Museum Press, University of Bergen; 1st edition (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 8278870381
  • ISBN-13: 978-8278870389
  • ASIN: B002T6C20Y
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,677,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The deep ocean exerts a powerful influence on the imagination of all of us, not least because of the scale, remoteness, and its sheer inaccessibility to the air-breathing life on land. This book is the account of some of the latest expeditions of discovery to the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and the great submarine mountain range of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The well illustrated text provides background information, accounts of goals, plans, and technologies, and a final summary of results to date of the Census of Marine Life project MAR-ECO (2001-2010, www.mar-eco.no). By adopting novel technology and the best research vessels the international MAR-ECO team significantly enhanced the knowledge of biodiversity of the mid-ocean ridge system. Illustrations in the book include photographs produced by project partners, not least the renowned wildlife photographer David Shale, as well as historical illustrations of deepwater organisms by Thorolv Rasmussen from Bergen, Norway, and artwork by the contemporary Norwegian painter Ørnulf Opdahl. The author Peter Boyle (deceased) was professor of marine biology of the University of Aberdeen and a cephalopod specialist. Style and contents would appeal to the general readership. Students at high-school and university levels would gain inspiring insight into deepwater geology, biology and ecology and the planning and conduct of a major international research effort.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola KING on 4 Dec. 2009
Excellent book for the professional and amateur marine biologist, as well as anyone with a general interest in natural history. Absolutely stunning images and interesting text to dip in and out of. The book is about how a large marine science project on the deep-sea animals of the mid-Atlantic Ridge in the N. Atlantic is formed, comes to fruition, the many research cruises and also the animals that are sampled.

There is also artwork from Norwegian artist Ornalf Opdahl, and images from the David Shale (BBC Blue Planet - The Deep).

A lot of book for the money! Great Christmas gift for dads, and biology students alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookfan on 14 Dec. 2009
Fascinating glimpse of deep sea life in an environment most of us will never access.

Striking pictures of weird looking sea creatures appear in Life in the Mid Atlantic - an easy to read account of an international research expedition exploring marine life in the depths of the Mid Atlantic Ridge, between Iceland and the Azores.

Should be of interest to anyone keen on marine and wildlife and wouldn't look out of place among other coffee table books.

Great to give as a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. R on 17 April 2010
This book demonstrates a rare skill: to make a highly specialised subject accessible to lay readers with an interest in marine life, scientific study and unusual exploration. The language is simple, the photos stunning, the story exciting and hugely informative. It well deserves the EU Descartes Prize for innovative science communication that it won in 2006.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claremont on 15 Jan. 2010
All the passengers crossing the North Atlantic for the past 500 years had no idea what beautiful and weird stuff was swimming beneath them. Next time I look down from a jet window on a transatlantic flight, I will think happily about this book.
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