and the Ocean
3 June 2013
Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea.
is not only a brilliant artist, but also an accomplishedauthor and researcher.
This is a superb book, easy to read with a weathof information that anyone
with at least the slightest interest in thesea would do well to absorb.
Did life evolve from the sulfurous volcanicvents deep at the seabed? What
happened to the TrIlobites? (They movedto Parramatta). If you know what
a Sacabambaspis is, or are familiar withthe Desmostylians, then perhaps
you do not need this book, otherwise readit and appreciate the divewrsity
of marine life that has gone before us.A brilliant book. If interested
in marine fossils, as not doubt you will be after reading this book, log
on to CrystalWorld.
304 pages, mono line drawings. $29.95
no longer available.
||CHALLENGER AT SEA - A
Ship That Revolutionized Earth Science.
Kenneth J. Hsu.
Published by Princeton University
Press, New Jersey, USA. Hardcover, dustjacket, 416 pages, mono photos,
From the fly: The famous
geological research ship Glomar Challenger was a radically newinstrument
that revolutionized earth sci-ence in the same sense that the cyclotron
revolutionized nuclear physics, and its deep-sea drilling voyages, conducted
from1968 through 1983, were some of the greatscientific adventures of our
time. Beginning with the vessel's first cruises, whichlent support to the
idea of continental drift,the Challenger played a key part in thewidely
publicized plate-tectonics revolu-tion and its challenge to more conventional
theories. Here the leading oceanographerand earth scientist Kenneth Hsii
offers anintensely personal account of the experiences of the ship's diverse
crews - thesailors, drillers, marine technicians, andscientists who braved
not only the ocean'sresistance to surrendering its secrets butalso the
difficulties of balky machinery, physical illness, close quarters, and
the one copy available. $45.00. Sorry, sold.
AND THE LIMPET
was personally delighted to rad this book, wonderfullywritten by a mrine
biologist a reader in zoology at Cambridge University,who takesus on an
evolutionary journey whilst on an actual journey. Helooks at the evolution
of not so much the specific species, but of theirphtsical characteristics
- for example buoyancy, sight, protection. Howdoes the apparently brainless
sea urchin make decisions - why dont whalesget the bends. This is a fascinating
book, highly recommended for anyoneinterested in the creatures of the sea
and for those who prefer high qualityreading.
OF THE SEA.
author, Richard Ellis, is perhaps better known asone of the world's most
acclaimed marine painters - he hassome 450 line drawings throughout
the book, and 13 colour plates - andis also the author The Great White
Shark, The Search for the Giant Squid,and other marine books. This encyclopedia
makes for great reading, as wellas a most useful reference. It covers all
aspects of the marine world,from the biology of the many species, to mythology;
the marine sciences,oceanography and the seas, and a few top names in the
marine field. (Ihad never heard of the vampire squid that can turn itself
inside out)."Exhustive, concise amnd entertaining, the Encyclopedia of
the Sea is invaluableas an all-inclusive, one volume source, for anyone
interested in the sea,its inhabitants, and man's exploration of its mysteries".
dust jacket, 450 drawings, colour plates,380 pages. $69.95.
THE DEEP Michael Welham.
dw, 208p, full colour, medium format.A fascinating book - covers the military
and commercial explorationof the sea, saturation diving, ROVs, 'autonomous
submersibles', DWRVs, atmospheric suits and small submarines. The author
has been involved inmilitary and sub-sea operations for 25 years
and is an authorityon the subject.
illustrated with over 200 photographs, somecolour plates.
no more copies available.
by Oceanographers on FiveContinents.
by Elisabeth Mann Borgese. Chapters are basedon a specific international
oceanographic society, and include Woods HoleInstitute, Bedford Institute,
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Scripps Institute,and several others in
Japan, Peru, Mexico City, Goa, Moscow, Mombasa andBlemerhaven.Illustrated
throughout in colour and mono, the book describesthe work done by the various
institutes and their achievements. Very interesting.
large format (A) size, dustjacket, 288 pages.$48.00
and Imagesof the Sea. Peter Benchley, Judith Gradwohl.
all know Peter Benchley - orshould do. He is the acclaaimed author of Jaws,
so you either love himor hate him. It is a common publishers ploy to use
a well know author toedit an anthology of stories - sometimes it works,
sometimes it doesn't.In this case it does, as it is the type of book that
is hard to put down.Usually you will flick through and scan the pictures
but Ocean Planet containsmany dramatic photographs that require more than
a casual glance. (I wasmesmerised and horrified by the photo on page 69
- the death of a giantbluefin tuna.) Thirty-eight chapters cover a wide
ange of subjects by sometwnety authors, covering seafaring and discovery,
the life of the ocean,and the life in the ocean. It is not a book on conservation
nor ecology,yet it is provocative, and always entertaining. $36.00
no longer available.
illustrated Library of the Earth.
editors Dr. RobertStevenson, Dr. Frank Talbot.
large format full colour productionis a valuable edition to the numerous
compendiums of chapters on 'the ocean'.It is of particular interest to
divers as it covers the subjects that weare interested in - the marine
life and habitats of the deep sea and theshallow coastal fringes, the waves
and tides that make our life miserableat times, and the professionalss
who explore the depths of the ocean muchto our envy. It appears you could
not make the list of contributors unlessyou are a doctor of something or
a professor, yet the text is easily read- this is by no means a scientific
book. It is good to see that our ownAngela Ivanovici gets a guernsey- Angela
writes on Planning for the Future.Other contributors include Sylvia Earle,
John McCosker, Colin Martin etal. The colour and layout is superb. Thiss
is an excellent general interestbook for the diver - would make an ideal
dustjacket, largeformat 245 x 320mm, full colour, 160 pages. $38.00
||OCEANS - Revealing
the Secrets of the Deep
Bryan Richard, Sarah Rickayzen,
Large format, hardcover
- laminated boards, 320 pages, full colour throughout.
A truly magnificent book
for anyone interested in the sea - obviously for divers and it is predominantly
'under the sea'. Sections include The GFiver of Life, Ocean Dynamics, Life
in the Oceans, Coral reef, The Open Ocean, The Abyss, Man and the Oceans
etc etc. Superb photography.
Would make an excellent
through Endangered Seas.
dustjacket, 298 pages.
we pollute the sea? How important is it that we understandthe ecology of
the oceans. This excellent book is not an ecological thesis,but in a plain
and sensibl style tells fascinating tales of fishermen,scientists, divers
and sailor, and many others whose daily lives are spentconfronting the
ocean's problems. Some people have real concerns -somewill lose their livlihoods,
and their lives.
||OUT OF THE BLUE - A Journey
Through the World's Oceans
Paul Horsman. $54.95
It is difficult to categorise
this book as it covers such a diverse number of themes; ideal for the diver
but also for anyone interested in the world's oceans. The cover blurb says
it all: It is a stunning portrayal of the wealth of living creatures, from
seemingly unremarkable plants and planktonto the awe-inspiring Giant Squid....
from plankton to coral reefs, with an emphasis as to how the different
elements within the oceans interact. The author is marine biologist. The
photograph are exceptional in quality, informative, and relevant to the
topic. For the diver, it givs a greater perspective of the marine environment
which he/she enjoys so much, and to anyone who has not had the pleasur
of experiencing for themselves life benath the waves, it prvides a greater
A great book for the diver's
own library, and as a gift for the yet to be initiated. Extra large format(320
x 245 mm), full colour throughout, 160 pages, harcover with dust jacket.
SEA AROUND US.
is the classic book first printed in 1950, and stillavailable because of
its remarkable observation and superb writing. Itis about the sea - the
Mother Sea and her fascinating marine creatures,and the Restless Sea, forever
on the move. Of the tiny creaures that formthe foudation of marine life
and coral reef, to the battles of giant squidand th sperm whale, or islnds
suddenly appearing and disappearing, of theshallow tropical coral reef
and the deep canyons with its strange inhabitants.She speaks of extinction
and destruction, of DDT and global warming, andof the sea as a resource
but not an unlimited one. A must read foranyone intersted in the
sea. Softcover, 248 pages, bibliography, no photos. $22.00
||THE WORLD OF THE OCEAN
Published 1968 by World's
Hardcover, dustjacket, 152
pages. Mono photograph. Life in the sea at depth, and the explorations
of the depths. "How deep is the ocean, and to what depths has man
explored it? Are there sea monsters, as sailors throughout history have
reported ?_What kind of weird, colorful, impossible-looking creatures have
been found in ,the ocean abysses? How do scientists believe the great water
masses were formed? The nature of life in the ocean depth and the story
of the research that has been conducted and is currently being conducted
there is the subject of this fascinating book. Less than a century and
a half ago it was believed that the depths were totally without life. The
sea and its mysteries, however, have always held the lure of the unknown
". Just the one copy available. $25.00
ATLAS OF THE OCEANS.
is a huge book, described quite appropriately asa monumental achievement
in cartography. It covers the worlds oceans withbathometric charts, aerial
photography and relief maps in excellent detail.The first 16 pages include
chapters on how the oceans were formed, historicalmaps, the ocean as habitat
and for commerce, oceanography - the formationof tides, migration of whales,
the movement of icebergs, wrecks, surveyand exploration etc etc. A wonderful
books to give a much clearer pictureof the ocean world that we enjoy so
much, informative and a great read.Oversize format, hardcover, dust jacket,
264 pages, full colour throughout.
no longer available.