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Seasick: Ocean Change and the Extinction of Life on Earth [Paperback]

Alanna Mitchell

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226532631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226532639
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,189,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overdue awakening 8 Oct 2009
By Eric Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this book. Alanna Mitchell dedicated her time over perhaps a period of three years to researching the health of our oceans. The reader travels with her to exotic places throughout the world and from researcher to researcher. I get to meet real people with a passion for the oceans and see it through their eyes. This book scares me into reality, it tells me what affect we really are having on the worlds oceans. Mrs. Mitchell if you ever read this review, thank you for taking the time to write this book and setting me straight with what's going on out there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and alarming summary on the effects of anthropogenic inputs to Earth's oceans 6 Dec 2010
By Carl10events - Published on Amazon.com
Oceans account for 99% of the living space and the majority of biodiversity on Earth. Though the oceans are vast, human mediated changes such as increased greenhouse gasses, pollution, and overfishing are changing the chemistry of the oceans and wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. Only recently have we begun to understand the causes and implications of these changes, and it has quickly become apparent that immediate action is required to prevent catastrophic losses. "Seasick" is a timely and alarming summary of the oceans' human induced perils, which are being accelerated by global population growth and industrialization. In fact, this book was published in 2009, before the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico directed the world's attention toward some of these problems. Author Alanna Mitchell is not a scientist, but after working with scientists all over the world, she has successfully channeled stories from seemingly disparate scientific fields into a coherent and powerful read. She explains how rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other anthropogenic inputs are causing rising temperatures, decreasing pH, changes in salinity, and harmful pollution in the seas. The extent of these problems is largely unknown, but the current effects and predictions are grim. Because the oceans serve as a conveyor belt for nutrient and temperature dispersion of the earth, many organisms, especially humans, interact with and depend upon the oceans in unnoticed, but intimate ways. Frighteningly, ocean temperatures change more slowly than land and air temperatures. It is predicted that even if carbon emissions and atmospheric temperatures leveled off today, ocean temperatures would continue to increase for the next thirty years. These unprecedented changes are abrupt and massive. Ocean temperatures have risen by 0.5 C thus far, and are predicted to increase another 2.5 C in next 100 years, resulting in hurricanes of unprecedented frequency and intensity. Most scientific models predict disaster for ocean life if no action is taken between 2015 and 2030. It is obvious that if we don't act soon, the surviving species will be forced to live in very different conditions than those they have evolved to survive in. In this book, Mitchell barely leaves herself any text to address the more direct human implications such as rising sea levels, losses of potential medicines due to extinction, and developing conflict over ocean resources. However, these more obvious consequences will probably be necessary to persuade governments and citizens to action. Because these consequences are less imminent than losses of biodiversity, I fear our actions will be too late.

Mitchell closes with an optimistic view of humanity and hope for the future. Since an understanding of the science and logic behind the oceans problems are now salient, she calls for a shift in our thinking, away from despair, towards wisdom and hope. She concludes the book with a simple statement, "If you believe that this matters and that something can be done, then the rest of the story reads that the time to act is right now." (135) I only wish she had been more explicit about actions her readers might take to achieve this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short book detailing the (negative) effects of climate change on the oceans 6 Jan 2010
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
Global climate change is more than just warming, the seas are acidifying and the great coral reefs are dying. 99% of the life on Earth is in the oceans and they're in serious trouble. Alanna Mitchell is a journalist who has written up ten of her travels with ocean scientists studying the changes and their implications. The next couple of decades will be critical in determining what sort of environment we'll produce on Earth, and the consequences in the oceans are particularly telling. It's a good book for reminding us of just how important the oceans are in this changing climate.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellet short read 23 Dec 2009
By Robert C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Alanna Mitchell is a journalist who writes of her 10 visits with ocean scientists studying the effects of global warming in 10 different areas of the world. She conveys important, alarming scientific findings in nontechnical language. Many of the scientists interviewed and praised are women, as if to demonstrate a feminist view that women are naturally concerned with the ocean, as the mother of all life.

This is a short, clear book that should be read by everyone concerned with the environment. If we keep damaging our mother, surely the damage we do will harm us in turn.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent and Vital book, for several reasons... 31 Jan 2011
By David Marks - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of "Seasick" has managed to do a variety of things extremely well,
including being sure that her book was succinct (but not too much so), well-designed,
extremely well written, and extensively researched via input from a variety of oceanographers and other

And did I mention how INTERESTING this book is? My gosh, I thought I knew a lot about the
ocean, but the number of individual facts and statistics that Mitchell presents, are just plain

This book is enormously important, and so inviting to read (despite the negative implications of
much that the author presents). I just cannot recommend it highly enough, but I hope you get the
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