The Blue Planet

The Blue Planet

Hardback

Introduction by Sir David Attenborough, By (author) Andrew Byatt, By (author) Alastair Fothergill, By (author) Martha Holmes

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  • Publisher: BBC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 258mm x 284mm x 38mm | 2,059g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0563384980
  • ISBN 13: 9780563384984
  • Illustrations note: 600 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,645,516

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From space Planet Earth is blue. It floats like a jewel in the inky black void. The reflection of the suns light from the vast expanse of water covering its surface creates its gem-like blue colour. In the entire solar system Earth is the only planet that has water in its liquid form in such quantities. Scientists have calculated that 70 per cent of our planet is covered by water; small wonder then that humans have always been so fascinated by the oceans and what lies beneath. Today while we still have so much more of the ocean realm to uncover we have discovered enough to know that beneath the waves lies a vast treasure-trove of rich and diverse life. The Blue Planet leads us on a voyage of exploration from the coasts, the very edges of the oceans, to the deep where weird and monstrous fish lurk in a world of perpetual darkness. Along the way we meet a host of wonderful creatures from tiny copepods to majestic blue whales, from the grotesque hairy anglerfish, to the amazing tripod fish that stands on 3 delicate legs waiting to snap up unsuspecting prey. With a foreword by David Attenborough and 400 colour photos The Blue Planet is the first complete and comprehensive portrait of the whole ocean system.

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The water planet: the coasts - shores and tide; tropical seas - tropical oceans and coral reefs; the feeding grounds - temperate oceans; frozen waters - icy oceans; the open ocean - mid-ocean habitat; the deep - deep-ocean habitat.