Atlas of Oceans: A Fascinating Hidden World

Atlas of Oceans: A Fascinating Hidden World

Hardback

By (author) John Farndon

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  • Publisher: THOMAS REED PUBLICATIONS
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 282mm x 28mm | 1,338g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408131110
  • ISBN 13: 9781408131114
  • Illustrations note: Over 700 photos, maps and illustrations
  • Sales rank: 428,000

Product description

Seventy per cent of our planet's surface is covered with water, but most conventional atlases focus on the other thirty per cent. This fascinating and beautifully presented survey of the world's oceans and what lives within them is published in association with the Census on Marine Life, a decade-long scientific initiative between researchers from over 80 countries to assessing and explaining the rich diversity and abundance of undersea life. Every aspect of the oceans is explored, from the seabed, continental shelves, currents, water circulation and waves, to all the wildlife that calls these places home. Each ocean (the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, Arctic, the Seas of Europe, the Eurasian Inland Seas and the South China Sea) is examined in great detail, revealing its characteristics, underwater topography, principal species and particular features, including the effects of habitat erosion. Topics covered include: - Coastlines, beaches, estuaries, salt marshes - the clash of man and wildlife - Temperate waters - plankton, seaweed forests and the Newfoundland Great Banks - Tropical waters - coral reefs, mangrove swamps and seagrass meadows - Polar waters - floating ice, migrations, life beneath the ice - The open ocean - currents, CO2 storage capacity, global warming and acidification - The ocean deeps - the mysterious twilight world and the least explored of all environments

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John Farndon studied Earth Sciences at Cambridge and has written many books about science and nature, including the Reader's Digest Wildlife Atlas. He was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Earth & Science, as well as the Nobel Prize website.

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'A great coffee table book - beautiful photos and something for all thoses with more than a passing interest in what's going on under the keel.' Sailing Today (July 2011) 'Atlas of Oceans is a vibrant journey through the Earth's oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them. Beautifully illustrated.' All at Sea (March 2011) 'A lavishly produced and passionate work...Well written and superbly illustrated...avoids the trap of being bleakly pessimistic about the state of play.' Nautilus International (May 2011) "Readers are introduced to the diverse array of creatures that inhabit the oceans, and to the nature of the problems they face. Special features focus on the threats to particular animals, plants and habitats, as well as on specific issues like over-fishing, global warming and pollution." Jersey Evening Post (June 2011) "Atlas of Oceans is a magnificent work in every respect." Reader Report, Yale University "The photography is excellent throughout and I would dare anyone not to find something of interest or mutter 'I didn't know that...' after a page or two" Sailing Today (August 20110 'This is a beautifully produced reference book which covers all aspects of the oceans and seas of the world... It contains some magnificent photographs as well as interesting text...a fascinating and thought-provoking read.' Royal Naval Sailing Association (Summer 2011) 'this is a beautifully presented study of the world's oceans with some astonishing images...If anyone needs reminding of the beauty and complexity of the world's oceans, the paradigm shift that is still required in the human race's relationship with the planet and stewardship of its diminishing resources, then this book offers an excellent resource.' Lifeboat Magazine (July 2011)