The Blue Planet

The Blue Planet

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

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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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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 258 x 284 x 38mm | 2,059.33g
  • 27 Sep 2001
  • Ebury Press
  • BBC BOOKS
  • London
  • English
  • 600 colour illustrations
  • 0563384980
  • 9780563384984
  • 1,684,886

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