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Oceans [Hardcover]

Anne Laking , Paul Rose
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2 Oct 2008

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.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184607505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075056
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 22.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Explorer Paul Rose and his team of expert divers delved into this extraordinary netherworld ... With more than 1,000 dives."--Wildlife Conservation Magazine "Explorer Paul Rose and his team of expert divers delved into this extraordinary netherworld ... With more than 1,000 dives."--Wildlife Conservation Magazine "Explorer Paul Rose and his team of expert divers delved into this extraordinary netherworld ... With more than 1,000 dives."--Wildlife Conservation Magazine "Abundant beautiful photographs and extensive, well-written text."--Library Journal "Full of exciting stories of wildlife, shipwrecks, and the wonder and beauty of the undersea realm."--Booklist "Explorer Paul Rose and his team of expert divers delved into this extraordinary netherworld ... With more than 1,000 dives."--Wildlife Conservation Magazine "Abundant beautiful photographs and extensive, well-written text."--Library Journal "Abundant beautiful photographs and extensive, well-written text."--Library Journal "Full of exciting stories of wildlife, shipwrecks, and the wonder and beauty of the undersea realm."--Booklist "Full of exciting stories of wildlife, shipwrecks, and the wonder and beauty of the undersea realm."--Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A revelatory new exploration of the hidden underwater world

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on its own or to read with the series 18 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
I saw this book in Sainsbury's and suggested to my wife that it would be a good birthday present. Sure enough, guess what I got on my birthday. I love the underwater world as I am a scuba diver so anything like this is right down my street. The images are superb and the tone of the text makes it very easy to read. It'd be quite suitable to read in its own right but as the TV series is on at the moment it makes a great accompanyment to that as well. Definately recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How much of this book is simple plagiarism? 20 Mar 2009
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The recently televised BBC series "Oceans" was a disaster and this book is the obligatory work which automatically follow such events. The front cover describes that series of programmes as a "Landmark" series. It was no such thing! Just ask any experienced diver.

I was first contacted about this series over 3 years before the first episodes were screened on British television. I warned of a number of pitfalls and the BBC promptly fell into most of them. I was asked to submit considerable material on those aspects which I knew in great detail. Consequently, my name appears on the "credits" of certain episodes. My submissions included text and photographs and came from my extensive experience and detailed knowledge as an award-winning shipwreck historian and author.

At no time did the BBC ever mention a book to me or indicate that my work might also appear in anything other than the television project itself. Nevertheless, there are 72 instances where my own copyrighted words are reproduced in this book and credited to these authors! I did not even receive the simple courtesy of an acknowledgement.

Such behaviour begs the questions; How much more of this book is based on the work of others who are also not credited for their own work, knowledge and expertise? And how many of those remain unaware their work has been so used? In my case, the answer is far too much. As an example; in one episode Cousteau's grandson Philippé visits the remains of an underwater structure built by his grandfather off Port Sudan. In this book, however, the authors' description of that dive is copied, almost verbatim, from my own description of my dive on the same structure some years earlier!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 10 Jan 2010
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Earlier review is completely unfair to this series. Although lacking the resources of the 'Blue Planet', for anyone actually interested in marine life, ecology and diving this far outweighs the pretty pictures and lack of a thread/message that's always apparent in Attenborough's programmes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars oceans 14 July 2012
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This book which accompanied the BBC series of the same name should have been entitled "Some Oceans" as it deale with only 4 oceans (Atlantic,Indian,Arctic and Southern) and 2 seas( Red and Cortez)-there is no mention of the Pacific ocean, the largest one.
The text is first class and the majority of illustrations excellent even though the best are over 2 pages destroyiny vtheir integrity.
For some odd reason only the white pages are numbered and there is no bibliography.
For a much betterbook get "Ocean" isbn 9781405330923
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book matches the tv programme in quality 30 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter's christmas as she was fascinated by the programme recently shown on the BBC. I did wonder whether she would find the written book a little too hard-going, but she loves it and finds it an easy and interesting read. She is 13. The photography is superb and the full colour picture inside this book are fantastic. Great buy. The picture of the weedy sea dragon is enthralling and was her favourite by miles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 1 Sep 2014
By jacob
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Great picture and well explained
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