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The Sea around us


Year: 1951
Language: english
Author: Carson R.
Genre: History
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 122
Description: Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It remained on the list for more than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired an Academy Award-winning documentary, and won both the 1952 National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal.
This classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared. Carson's writing teems with stunning, memorable images--the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans; giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface; and incredibly powerful tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy. Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise.
Reintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics. In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief foreword.
Today, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it. Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work.
Additional info: Over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by the sea. In this unique and fascinating book,
Rachel Carson does nothing less than present a history of the sea from the earliest times and draw a
panoramic picture in magnificent prose of the fantastic marine world which hides beneath its enigmatic
surface. Miss Carson traces the beginnings of the sea in the Chaos of the World’s birth pangs and shows
how the Earth’s first crude forms of life emerged from its saline womb. She describes the swarming life of
the upper levels, the icy black primeval depths fissured with unimaginably deep canyons and ridged with
immense mountain ranges, and the titanic forces of tides and currents. By any standards, this is an epic
book.
“A wonderful book... sheer pleasure to read” Thor Heyerdahl
“The book of the decade” N. Y. Herald Tribune

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