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To Follow the Water: Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate Hardcover – 19 Jun 2007


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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (19 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158243350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582433509
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,437,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The reader will learn a great deal about technological advances that have transformed the ocean sciences in recent decades, and about the luminaries past a present (the great Henry Stommel included) who have led the charge in measuring and conceptualising the oceans and teasing out their dynamics.'
-- Geographical, December 2008

'The reader will learn a great deal about the technological advances that have transformed the ocean sciences in recent decades, and about the luminaries past and present...who have led the charge in measuring and conceptualising the ocenans and teasing out their dynamics.'
-- Geographical

`After a rather superficial account of the age of discovery and marine exploration, this excellent introduction to oceanography comes alive in accounts of Murphy's trips on board US ocean research ships, during which he describes the work of the scientists who dedicate their lives to fathoming "the unknown, the unknowable sea".'

-- The Guardian, August 16, 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'The reader will learn a great deal about the technological advances that have transformed the ocean sciences in recent decades, and about the luminaries past and present...who have led the charge in measuring and conceptualising the ocenans and teasing out their dynamics.'
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I bought this book upon recommendation from a university lecturer. It gives a good insight in to the foundations of Oceanography and is a really interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in this area.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Extremely timely look at factors impacting our climate 13 July 2007
By Roger Rathman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dallas Murphy's new book "To Follow the Water" is about our relationship
to the ocean. First he puts the relationship in an historical
perspective beginning with explorers and early scientists such as Ben
Franklin. But what makes the book important is his explanation about
how the ocean works physically to moderate our climate. Murphy spent
months at sea aboard ocean research vessels, participating in the
expeditions and talking with real scientists. That way of life,
largely unknown outside professional circles comes alive in his hands.
He "translates" the science of oceanography into language that
everyone can understand, appreciate, and enjoy. The result is a new
understanding of the crucial importance of the ocean in terms of
climate and climate change. This book is revealing and enlightening,
but it's also a highly entertaining, fast-paced read. Murphy certainly
changed my simple view of the ocean forever. Like in Murphy's previous book, "Rounding The Horn," his use of storytelling to explain scientific data is brilliant. I strongly recommend "To Follow the Water: Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
fascinating ocean secrets 16 July 2007
By Lucy Elwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a native Mainer and long-time lover of the sea, I approached Murphy's To Follow the Water with enthusiasm--just because the cover photo is so tempting (city dwellers dream of water in summer). But I feared this might be the kind of "good for you" science book that only specialists would really enjoy. What a surprise to find that Murphy has such a wonderful eye for narrative detail and personal anecdote that the complex science really comes to life. Particularly vivid are his descriptions of day-to-day life aboard the oceanographic research vessels (like the "swim-call story" about the fate of one scientist who went on a swimming break in equatorial waters). The oceanographers Murphy travels with are passionately devoted to their work; after reading To Follow the Water, I can understand why. I'll never look at the ocean in quite the same way. It's a key component in stabilizing our climate--Murphy convinces me. But it's also just tremendously beautiful and worthy of our respect--and Murphy conveys that fact even more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An important book 3 Aug. 2007
By Laura Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dallas Murphy's book To Follow the Water, about ocean science and the discovery by oceanographers of how the ocean can determine our climate, is so beautifully done, the language so crisp and lovely, that it becomes a piece of literature as well as science. Murphy traces the history of ocean exploration, building to up-to-the-minute discoveries about the unseen significance of ocean circulation in our lives and our current global-warming crisis. The author spent several months at sea aboard research vessels, working with oceanographers who are trying to use ocean circulation on the surface and in the deep to predict climate change. I really enjoyed his vivid, humorous portrayal of daily life aboard these ships. This is a thoroughly delightful book, and it may be an important one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What A Trip! 10 Aug. 2007
By M. B HOGAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A great read! I love Murphy's books because he takes me on adventure trips both in time and place. How inventive that he begins this book with a bean that has travelled to Ireland on the Gulf Stream! As an armchair adventurer myself, I appreciate Murphy's relaxed voice. Like a friend telling me a story about a subject he really knows and loves. Best of all, Murphy has the uncanny ability to distill the complexities of oceanography, and turn them into adventure. I'm a big Dallas Murphy fan. He's a writer, sailor, and researcher whose books always leave me astounded, informed and truly delighted.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
To Follow the Water 18 July 2007
By Marissa B. Kominers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dallas Murphy has filled in a key piece of the climate puzzle with his new book, "To follow the Water". His last book, "Rounding the Horn" was a wonderful tale of the men, sea, and ships that made Cape Horn so mythical in men's minds. In "To follow the Water" Murphy takes the same approach and combines his personal time on board a research vessel with scientific interviews and profiles of the giants of Oceanography. The ocean's currents define life as we know it and the very fate of civilizations rest on their continued flow. Now the global warming taking place has the potential to shift these ocean gyres into new and different paths. In fact, as Murphy shows they also cause the climate to change as they shift their paths. The book traces the history of ocean exploration and the early discoveries that the ocean have currents and move as rivers. Murphy's time aboard the research vessels from NOAA paint a vivid portrait of the men and women who's job it is to measure, observe, and draw conclusions from the ocean's data. A great beach read as Murphy's book will decode the very water you are gazing out at.
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