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At the center of Deep Blue Home—a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it—is Whittys description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. Its a watery force connected to the earths climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. 

Whittys thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls” (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). 

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the books most haunting encounters, she realizes: “I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside—would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?” 

This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

Review:

"Mingling mythology with science, Whitty pulls readers into the watery depths of the oceans, home to the birds, whales, and other mysterious creatures that have been her lifetime passion. She writes of Isla Rasa in the Gulf of California in Mexico during the short springtime breeding season, when 'the island mushrooms into a jittery cloud visible for miles'; off the coast of Newfoundland, she encounters the 'annual migration of the icebergs, a spectacle as grand as the exodus of wildebeest through the Serengeti,' and a leatherback sea turtle with 'flippers the size of oars, and a head like a draft horse's, wearing a jellyfish mane.' Whitty's biology is colored by 'the gods of rock and the goddesses of seawater,' such as Rasa, the Hindu 'mythical river flowing around the world,' and the Elivgar, from the Viking creation story. This luminous prose is disturbed by accompanying reports of human-induced damage of oceanic ecosystems, where 'market economics relentlessly drives commercially desirable species towards extinction' like a modern plague, exemplified by the collapse of the Newfoundland cod fishery, which caused a 'trophic cascade' transforming all aspects of the ecosystem 'from crab to zooplankton to phytoplankton to nitrates.' (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Provides armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home. At the center of this penetrating exploration of the ocean and the creatures dependent on it is Julia Whitty's description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. It's a watery force connected to the earth's climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. Whitty's 30-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of "extremophile" life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of "whale falls" (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica.--From publisher description.

Synopsis:

Provides armchair entree to adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

Synopsis:

A travelogue of the world's oceans as a continuous system, from the Burroughs Award-winning author of The Fragile Edge, that combines science, characters, wonders, and history.

About the Author

JULIA WHITTY's first book on oceans, The Fragile Edge, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal Award, the PEN USA Award, and the Kiriyama Prize. Her cover articles have appeared in Harper's Magazine and Mother Jones, where she is an environmental correspondent. She blogs at the Blue Marble and Deep Blue Home.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: Isla Rasa

1. The Very Air Miraculous 3

2. The River That Was Nowhere and Everywhere 14

3. Another Heaven 20

4. Hunger Island 26

5. The Ornament of the Body 31

6. One Hundred Days of Solitude 36

7. Whorls 43

8. The Unreefed World 51

9. The Epitome of Unrestrained Freedom 58

10. Mirage 64

11. Emotional Ecology 69

12. The Anti-Bodies of Quiet 73

13. Everything Is Already Brilliant 78

Part Two: The Underwater Rivers of the World

14. The Distant Geography of Water 87

15. The Ecumenical Sea 96

16. Deepwater Formation 103

17. The Tempest from the Eagles Wings 107

18. One Meritorious Act 114

19. Jump Cut 121

20. Lament for the Thirty Million 131

21. All Time Is Now 138

22. Trophic Cascade 146

23. Bone Rafters 151

24. Soundsabers 159

25. Salting Down the Lean Missionary 167

26. The Existence of a World Previous to Ours 176

27. Reading God 184

28. Nemesis 195

29. The Inexplicable Waves 205

30. At the End of Hunger 209

Part Three: The Airborne Ocean

31. Serpent Cave 221

32. Black Mirror 227

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618119813
Subtitle:
An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean
Author:
Whitty, Julia
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Ocean currents
Subject:
Deep-sea ecology.
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100709
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.52 lb

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Product details 256 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780618119813 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mingling mythology with science, Whitty pulls readers into the watery depths of the oceans, home to the birds, whales, and other mysterious creatures that have been her lifetime passion. She writes of Isla Rasa in the Gulf of California in Mexico during the short springtime breeding season, when 'the island mushrooms into a jittery cloud visible for miles'; off the coast of Newfoundland, she encounters the 'annual migration of the icebergs, a spectacle as grand as the exodus of wildebeest through the Serengeti,' and a leatherback sea turtle with 'flippers the size of oars, and a head like a draft horse's, wearing a jellyfish mane.' Whitty's biology is colored by 'the gods of rock and the goddesses of seawater,' such as Rasa, the Hindu 'mythical river flowing around the world,' and the Elivgar, from the Viking creation story. This luminous prose is disturbed by accompanying reports of human-induced damage of oceanic ecosystems, where 'market economics relentlessly drives commercially desirable species towards extinction' like a modern plague, exemplified by the collapse of the Newfoundland cod fishery, which caused a 'trophic cascade' transforming all aspects of the ecosystem 'from crab to zooplankton to phytoplankton to nitrates.' (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Provides armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home. At the center of this penetrating exploration of the ocean and the creatures dependent on it is Julia Whitty's description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. It's a watery force connected to the earth's climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. Whitty's 30-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of "extremophile" life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of "whale falls" (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica.--From publisher description.
"Synopsis" by , Provides armchair entree to adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.
"Synopsis" by ,

A travelogue of the world's oceans as a continuous system, from the Burroughs Award-winning author of The Fragile Edge, that combines science, characters, wonders, and history.

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