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To the average office-dweller, marine scientists seem to have the good life: cruising at sea for weeks at a time, swimming in warm coastal waters, living in tropical paradises. Butand#160;ocean scientists who go to sea will tell you that it is no vacation.and#160;Creature comforts are few and the obstacles seemingly insurmountable, yet an abundance of wonder and discovery still awaits those who take to the ocean. Chasing Science at Sea
immerses readers in the world of those who regularly go to seaand#8212;aquanauts living underwater, marine biologists seeking unseen life in the deep ocean, and the tall-ship captains at the helm, among othersand#8212;and tells the fascinating tale of what lifeand#8212;and scienceand#8212;is like at the mercy of Mother Nature.
With passion and wit, well-known marine scientist Ellen Prager shares her stories as well as those of her colleagues, revealing that in the field ingenuity and a good sense of humor are as essential as water, sunblock, and GPS. Serendipity is invaluable, and while collecting data is the goal, sometimes just getting back to shore means success. But despite the physical hardship and emotional duress that come with the work,and#160;optimism and adventureand#160;prompt a particularly hardy species of scientist to return again and again to the sea.
Filled with firsthand accounts of the challenges and triumphs of dealing with the extreme forces of nature and the unpredictable world of the ocean, Chasing Science at Sea is a unique glimpse below the water line at what it is like and why it is important to study, explore, and spend time in one of our planetand#8217;s most fascinating and foreign environments.and#160;
About the Author
Ellen J. Prager is currently the chief scientist at the worldand#8217;s only undersea research station, Aquarius Reef Base, in the Florida Keys and a freelance writer. Among her publications are The Oceans and Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis; a series of childrenand#8217;s books including Sand, Volcano, and Earthquakes with the National Geographic Society; and a childrenand#8217;s novel, Adventure on Dolphin Island.
Table of Contents
1 An Introduction
2 Tales of Wonder
3 The Unexpected
4 Forces of Nature
5 Overcoming Obstacles
6 Living and Working Undersea
7 Going Deeper
8 The Changing Sea
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