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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 4 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IO1CB0E
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The Extreme Life of the Sea Audio Download – Unabridged
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From the origins of all present-day body plans in the Cambrian Explosion, they take us through the hottest, coldest, deepest, shallowest and most toxic places in the seas, to show us the lives of their oldest, fastest, toughest and most abundant inhabitants. Some of these live in conditions so hellish, or display lifestyles so bizarre that they would tax the imaginations of the most inventive fantasy fiction writers. Many have evolved body forms that have remained unchanged for millions of years, and have survived because of the generally stable deep sea environment. Others survive at the very limits of their capabilities. All, the authors stress in the final chapter, are very vulnerable, in different ways, to the effects of climate change.
The life in our oceans is vast, and much of it is still unknown. To emphasize its complexity, the authors have chosen a small, but representative sample from each ecosystem and described their interactions in language that is both beautifully descriptive and refreshingly free of technical terms. Here is a book that will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the biology of the seas, whatever their level of scientific education.
There is, to be sure, some good description of deep sea vents here, based on recent research, but as a whole, this book provides a much more general overview of marine biology than that. There is equal coverage of sharks lobsters, dolphins, corals and sponges. "Extreme" in this context really means, "Isn't this *amazing*?" So we have descriptions of the sheer productivity of the open ocean, the migratory abilities of the great whales, the adaptions of sea urchins and starfish to the rigours of intertidal life and so on.
Luckily for me, the science described here really *is* amazing. It is also up to date (to 2012) and the list of references is extensive and authoritative. Many of the citations are online, too, so that the reader can readily pursue his or her own explorations of the literature without checking into an academic library first.
My biggest complaint is the writing style. It is clearly written with a lay or "young adult" audience in mind, and there are too many passages of purple prose. Worse, there are some ghastly efforts to get down wiv da kidz, with strained analogies and horrible anthropomorphisms. I actually found myself putting the book down mid-paragraph after the most egregious pop references.Read more ›
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