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Portrait of the Gulf Stream: In Praise of Currents (Armchair Traveller)
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The long tern future of the Gulf Stream is now under threat; the Arctic ice is melting and the fear among oceanographers is that the cold water will not sink in the Norwegian Sea, thus switching off this transatlantic heat conveyer. Northern Europe would then freeze, and this apparent paradox - that global warming could bring about a new european ice age - seems to have caught the popular imagination. Orsenna explores the Gulf Stream, its past and its future, both in celebration and in lament of its possible demise.
Weaves between poetry and science tracing the influence of ocean currents on climate and culture.
Passion and concern for the Gulf Stream motivated Erik Orsenna to travel far and wide to meet scholars and scientists who hold the key to the mysteries of this powerful ocean current. Spanning thousands of years of history, this book weaves between poetry and science to trace the influence of currents on our climate and culture.
About the Author
Erik Orsenna has published several novels, including L'Exposition coloniale, which was awaded the prix Goncourt. He was cultural advisor to French President Mitterand and has been a member of the Academie Francaise since 1998.
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