- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2003 edition (Feb. 3 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195147014
- ISBN-13: 978-0195147018
- Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.4 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #502,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sea Around Us Hardcover – Feb 3 2004
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So first of all, what is it? From the bio I know that it is highly scientific, i.e., it is largely based on primary sources. Also, that it was many years in writing. What emerges is 15 chapters, loosely grouped into three sections, which are loosely grouped into the book. Some of the subjects of the chapters are – what does the bottom of the ocean look like and how could these structures, e.g., canyons in the continental shelf have formed? How did humans migrate over the ocean, especially in prehistoric times? Some of the subjects are rich and surprising: life on the ocean bottom depends on the long snowfall of detritus.
Now for evaluation. I learned much. Considering the beginning was perhaps the most outdated I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, the tides must affect the deep ocean. The tides were really much higher in the ancient earth? Of course, since the moon was much closer. So, the oceans daily must have swept over much greater parts of the continents. And with violence.
How dated is it? There were only the first computers. Only the first satellites. Only the first DNA sequencing. Continental drift was still speculative. Deep ocean vents were still undiscovered. Some of the fun is seeing how much has changed, but yet how much they got right.
Much of the praise is for the writing and the language. Certainly, every word is indeed in its place. And every paragraph. Often the best language though is from the quotes, especially from the mariners. Digressing, I now understand Moana better than before!
So yes, it is a great book and very much recommended for anybody who looks forward to their vacation on the ocean every year. Especially if they love nature. And science.
While the text is worthy of 5 stars, this edition is being rated at 3 because it does not include the pictures.
Those seeking the text and pictures of The Sea Around Us would be advised to buy another edition, perhaps the 2003 one.