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The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

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ISBN13: 9780226595665
ISBN10: 0226595668
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Staff Pick

The Deep is one of the most beautiful and bizarre books I've ever seen. You will not be able to put it down, and none of your friends will be able to resist picking it up.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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On dry land, most organisms are confined to the surface, or at most to altitudes of a hundred meters: the height of the tallest trees. In the oceans, though, living space has both vertical and horizontal dimensions: with an average depth of 3800 meters, the oceans offer 99% of the space on Earth where life can develop. And the deep sea, which has been immersed in total darkness since the dawn of time, occupies 85% of ocean space, forming the planet's largest habitat. Yet these depths abound with mystery. The deep sea is mostly uncharted (only about 5 percent of the seafloor has been mapped with any reasonable degree of detail) and we know very little about the creatures that call it home. Current estimates about the number of species yet to be found vary between ten and thirty million. The deep sea no longer has anything to prove; it is without doubt Earth's largest reservoir of life.

Combining the latest scientific discoveries with astonishing color imagery, The Deep takes readers on a voyage into the darkest realms of the ocean. Revealing nature's oddest and most mesmerizing creatures in crystalline detail, The Deep features more than two hundred color photographs of terrifying sea monsters, living fossils, and ethereal bioluminescent creatures, some photographed here for the very first time. Accompanying these breathtaking photographs are contributions from some of the world's most respected researchers that examine the biology of deep-sea organisms, the ecology of deep-sea habitats, and the history of deep-sea exploration.

An unforgettable visual and scientific tour of the teeming abyss, The Deep celebrates the incredible diversity of life on Earth and will captivate anyone intrigued by the unseen — and unimaginable — creatures of the deep sea.

Review:

"In the first century A.D., Pliny the Elder-in a bout of oceanic hubris-pronounced that there were precisely 176 species of marine fauna and that, 'by Hercules, in the ocean...nothing exists which is unknown for us.' Would that we could summon Pliny from his celestial Hall of Shame and thwack him over the head with Claire Nouvian's The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss. For this book contains 220 color plates of life-forms whose existence was unknown not merely to Pliny but to anyone at all until the modern development of submersibles capable of plunging to depths that are the inverse of a Mount Everest. Only 5% of the seafloor has been mapped, and scientists estimate that there are between 10 million and 30 million species in the 'vasty deep' yet to be found by man. The ones that we do know-and many of those are pictured in this book-are gloriously bizarre critters that appear to have been fashioned by Salvador Dali." Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Readers will pick up science journalist Nouvian's book for its stunning, 200-plus full-page color photographs of dumbo octopi, vampire squid, frilled sharks, and hydrothermal vent worms; they will hang on to it for the well-written, extremely informative text." Librbary Journal

Review:

"The Deep is not only the most stunningly beautiful book about the sea ever produced, but also a work of scientific substance, articulated by some of the best, most experienced deep-sea scientists of our time. Even for those of us who have been enchanted by the wondrous life of the deep sea through direct engagement, this book renews the spirit and makes it possible to share with others a vicarious glimpse of the wild ocean." Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society

Review:

"A luminous voyage to the bottom of the sea...Each of the 200-odd photographs in this book is in color. Bejeweled creatures-squid, comb jellies, octopuses, and tube worms-leap off the black pages in such a luminescent rainbow that you can't help but realize that the 'blackness' of the depths is a misnomer. In many case, photographs of these organisms appear in this book for the first time anywhere....Such intimate photographs are surely the book's triumph. But an articulate and informative commentary accompanies them." Richard Ellis, Discover

Synopsis:

Plankton are the great drifters of the sea, any creature carried along by ocean currents.and#160; They range in size from the tiniest virus to siphonophores, the longest animals in the world, and also include microscopic algae, krill, and even fish larvae.and#160; This floating world is the foundation of the aquatic food web, without which there would be no fish.and#160; They also consume as much carbon dioxide as all land trees and plants. Plankton also fuel our precious oil beds, as the layers of sediment they form over millions of years fossilized to form this bounty.

These amazing drifters are celebrated in form and function in the pages of book, which brings readers face to face with the most vibrant flotsam imaginable.and#160; Colors and textures belie complex evolutionary adaptation to their marine surroundings, which results in incredible diversity.and#160; Plankton are largely invisible to the human eye, and so for many, the journey in this book is as novel and uncharted as that to the abyss that flowed in the pages of The Deep.

Synopsis:

Internationally award-winning photographer Mark Laita has focused his vast technical and artistic expertise on the creatures of the deep. In Sea, with cutting-edge photographic techniques, Laita unveils the full splendor and otherworldliness of the oceanand#8217;s inhabitants in an entirely new and thrilling way. Rippling reflections, stark backdrops, and surprising angles lay bare the astonishing beauty of the life that teems under the waterand#8217;s surface. Leaping from the pages are piggybacking sea horses, iridescent jellyfish, ethereal but menacing stingrays, and deadly puffer fish. Laitaand#8217;s masterful photography reveals their extraordinary colors, textures, and personalities to us as never before.

Praise for Sea:

and#8220;Here is craft honed to so high a level it becomes art. Sea is simply a miracle of depiction.and#8221;and#160;

and#8212;The Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

In Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean. They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colorsandmdash;in natureandrsquo;s fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life.

This collection of more than 250 remarkable images is the result of seven years of painstaking fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, using photographic techniques that Middleton developed to capture these extremely fragile creatures on camera. She also provides short essays that examine the place these invertebrates occupy on the tree of life, their vast array of forms, and their lives in the ocean. Scientist Bernadette Holthuis contributes profiles describing each species, many of them for the first time. Middletonandrsquo;s book is a stunning new view of nature that harmoniously combines art and science.

About the Author

Claire Nouvian is a journalist, producer, and film director who has traveled the world for more than ten years, shooting wildlife for French and international television. She has worked on more than sixteen films, among them Expedition to the Abyss (Science Channel, 2004), which won the Best Adventure Documentary prize at the Amazonas World Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil, 2005.

Table of Contents

Prologue, by Mark Ohman

Introduction. Plankton: Wonders of the Drifting World

What Are Plankton?

Plankton and Man

The Origins: Life Shapes the Planet

Explosions, Extinctions, and Evolution of Life in the Ocean

A Chronological History of the Planet and the Tree of Life

Taxonomy and Phylogeny: Hierarchical Categorizations

Organisms of All Sizes, with Different Roles and Behavior

Collecting and Identifying Plankton, Then and Now

Plankton of the Worldand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France: A Bay Famous for Its Plankton

Between Ecuador and Galapagos: Tara Oceans Expedition

South Carolina, United States: Salt Marsh Estuaries

Izu Peninsula and Shimoda, Japan: Autumn Plankton

Unicellular Creatures: From the Origins of Life
Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses: Invisible but Omnipresent

Unicellular Protists: Precursors of Plants and Animals

Phytoplankton

Coccolithophores and Foraminifera: Limestone Architects

Diatoms and Dinoflagellates: Silicate or Cellulose Houses

Radiolarians: Polycystines and Acantharians: Symbiosis at the Ocean Surface

Ciliates, Tintinnids, and Choanoflagellates: Motility and Multicellularity

Ctenophores and Cnidarians: Ancestral Forms
Ctenophores: Carnivorous Comb Jellies

Jellyfish: Equipped to Survive

Siphonophores: The Longest Animals in the World

Velella, Porpita, and Physalia: Planktonic Sailors

Crustaceans and Mollusks: Champions of Diversity
Crustacean Larvae: Molting and Metamorphosis

Copepods to Amphipods: Variations on a Theme

Phronima: Monster in a Barrel

Pteropods and Heteropods: Mollusks That Swim with Their Feet

Cephalopods and Nudibranchs: Beautiful Colors and Camouflage

Worms and Tadpoles: Arrows, Tubes, and Nets
Chaetognaths: Arrows in the Oceans

Polychaete Annelids: Worms in the Sea

Salps, Doliolids, and Pyrosomes: Highly Evolved Gelatinous Animals

Larvaceans: Tadpoles That Live in a Net

Embryos and Larvae

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Bibliography, Websites

Credits

Index

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sadiellen, December 9, 2007 (view all comments by sadiellen)
This book is over 200 pages of pure awe. There is something about the wonders of the deep that grab us all and the spectacular photos of Claire Nouvian will do just that. This would make a terrific table book for someone's Christmas. Or just keep it for yourself and enjoy looking at it over and over.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226595665
Author:
Nouvian, Claire
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Middleton, Susan
Author:
Laita, Mark
Author:
Sardet, Christian
Author:
Earle, Sylvia A.
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Oceanography
Subject:
Deep-sea animals
Subject:
Deep-sea ecology.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Marine Biology
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Subject:
Marine Biiology
Subject:
Nature & Wildlife
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
220 color plates
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
12 x 10 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The Deep is one of the most beautiful and bizarre books I've ever seen. You will not be able to put it down, and none of your friends will be able to resist picking it up.

"Review" by , "In the first century A.D., Pliny the Elder-in a bout of oceanic hubris-pronounced that there were precisely 176 species of marine fauna and that, 'by Hercules, in the ocean...nothing exists which is unknown for us.' Would that we could summon Pliny from his celestial Hall of Shame and thwack him over the head with Claire Nouvian's The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss. For this book contains 220 color plates of life-forms whose existence was unknown not merely to Pliny but to anyone at all until the modern development of submersibles capable of plunging to depths that are the inverse of a Mount Everest. Only 5% of the seafloor has been mapped, and scientists estimate that there are between 10 million and 30 million species in the 'vasty deep' yet to be found by man. The ones that we do know-and many of those are pictured in this book-are gloriously bizarre critters that appear to have been fashioned by Salvador Dali."
"Review" by , "Readers will pick up science journalist Nouvian's book for its stunning, 200-plus full-page color photographs of dumbo octopi, vampire squid, frilled sharks, and hydrothermal vent worms; they will hang on to it for the well-written, extremely informative text."
"Review" by , "The Deep is not only the most stunningly beautiful book about the sea ever produced, but also a work of scientific substance, articulated by some of the best, most experienced deep-sea scientists of our time. Even for those of us who have been enchanted by the wondrous life of the deep sea through direct engagement, this book renews the spirit and makes it possible to share with others a vicarious glimpse of the wild ocean."
"Review" by , "A luminous voyage to the bottom of the sea...Each of the 200-odd photographs in this book is in color. Bejeweled creatures-squid, comb jellies, octopuses, and tube worms-leap off the black pages in such a luminescent rainbow that you can't help but realize that the 'blackness' of the depths is a misnomer. In many case, photographs of these organisms appear in this book for the first time anywhere....Such intimate photographs are surely the book's triumph. But an articulate and informative commentary accompanies them."
"Synopsis" by ,
Plankton are the great drifters of the sea, any creature carried along by ocean currents.and#160; They range in size from the tiniest virus to siphonophores, the longest animals in the world, and also include microscopic algae, krill, and even fish larvae.and#160; This floating world is the foundation of the aquatic food web, without which there would be no fish.and#160; They also consume as much carbon dioxide as all land trees and plants. Plankton also fuel our precious oil beds, as the layers of sediment they form over millions of years fossilized to form this bounty.

These amazing drifters are celebrated in form and function in the pages of book, which brings readers face to face with the most vibrant flotsam imaginable.and#160; Colors and textures belie complex evolutionary adaptation to their marine surroundings, which results in incredible diversity.and#160; Plankton are largely invisible to the human eye, and so for many, the journey in this book is as novel and uncharted as that to the abyss that flowed in the pages of The Deep.

"Synopsis" by , Internationally award-winning photographer Mark Laita has focused his vast technical and artistic expertise on the creatures of the deep. In Sea, with cutting-edge photographic techniques, Laita unveils the full splendor and otherworldliness of the oceanand#8217;s inhabitants in an entirely new and thrilling way. Rippling reflections, stark backdrops, and surprising angles lay bare the astonishing beauty of the life that teems under the waterand#8217;s surface. Leaping from the pages are piggybacking sea horses, iridescent jellyfish, ethereal but menacing stingrays, and deadly puffer fish. Laitaand#8217;s masterful photography reveals their extraordinary colors, textures, and personalities to us as never before.

Praise for Sea:

and#8220;Here is craft honed to so high a level it becomes art. Sea is simply a miracle of depiction.and#8221;and#160;

and#8212;The Wall Street Journal

"Synopsis" by ,
In Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean. They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colorsandmdash;in natureandrsquo;s fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life.

This collection of more than 250 remarkable images is the result of seven years of painstaking fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, using photographic techniques that Middleton developed to capture these extremely fragile creatures on camera. She also provides short essays that examine the place these invertebrates occupy on the tree of life, their vast array of forms, and their lives in the ocean. Scientist Bernadette Holthuis contributes profiles describing each species, many of them for the first time. Middletonandrsquo;s book is a stunning new view of nature that harmoniously combines art and science.

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