The Sea Around Us

The Sea Around Us[Reading] ➿ The Sea Around Us By Rachel Carson – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Published in , The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world Rachel Carson s rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic pros Published in , The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful The Sea PDF/EPUB ² books ever written about the natural world Rachel Carson s rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty one consecutive weeks It remained on the list for than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated intolanguages, inspired an Academy Award winning documentary, and won both theNational Book Award and the John Burroughs MedalThis classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared Carson s writing teems with stunning, memorable images the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface and incredibly powerful tides movingbillion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertiseReintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief forewordToday, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work. This amazing book, the winner of the 1952 National Book Award, is my second Rachel Carson book read I picked it up in part because I m determined to keep up with my love of nature writing Nature Literature, but perhapsbecause there s something about Carson s style that really pulls me in If you re of the same type, you need to add this book to your list, but in the upper half It isn t just Carson s insight into eco systems that s so extraordinary, it s her ability towell, simply This amazing book, the winner of the 1952 National Book Award, is my second Rachel Carson book read I picked it up in part because I m determined to keep up with my love of nature writing Nature Literature, but perhapsbecause there s something about Carson s style that really pulls me in If you re of the same type, you need to add this book to your list, but in the upper half It isn t just Carson s insight into eco systems that s so extraordinary, it s her ability towell, simply write.Carson lapses into the technical at times, and she did with Silent Spring as well, but there arereflective, descriptive, and observation portions in this book It s fantastic when she writes with passion about the world she loves The Sea Around Us is a bit dated in terms of the science, so it s important to focus on the holistic message and the generalities in terms of scientific writingbut honestly, that s not why it should be read unless you re a science historian The real reason to read this gem is to allow Carson s fine ecologist mind to show you a different way of seeing the world of the Earth s seas and their importance for the balance of our world s ecosystems She traces the history of the oceans developments while delving into nearly poetic prose that rivals the passion of John Muir and the fine stylistic writing of Stephen Jay Gould.I love the sea, and always have I have spent time on a ship my U.S Coast Guard days and as a charter boat captain in Alaska, and I am happiest when I m on or at the sea That makes me particularly excited about this book If you love the oceans, nautical things, marine life, or are simply concerned about the world you live in, then pick up this bookand don t forget to drop me a line and thank me for turning you on to it insert huge grinning emoticon Without reservation I can say this is one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever had I rarely read non fiction in book form When I do, I read memoirs, biographies usually of writers and artists , and occasionally history, but never science I decided to read The Sea Around Us because it was a non fiction bestseller in 1951, a year that falls within my Big Fat Reading Project, but also because Rachel Carson is one of my heroines.She is an eloquent and inspiring science writer She Without reservation I can say this is one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever had I rarely read non fiction in book form When I do, I read memoirs, biographies usually of writers and artists , and occasionally history, but never science I decided to read The Sea Around Us because it was a non fiction bestseller in 1951, a year that falls within my Big Fat Reading Project, but also because Rachel Carson is one of my heroines.She is an eloquent and inspiring science writer She writes about scientific information better than some sci fi authors I could mention As far as my interactions with the sea go, I have always loved sitting on a beach and watching waves But I do not enjoy swimming or boating I like to keep my feet on solid ground.Now I have realized that I had little to no idea aboutthan half of the planet I live on I read the book slowly, a chapter at a time over several weeks, with a globe and the Internet close by It was like taking a tour of the world and getting oriented in a whole new way.I learned about the history of planet Earth, at least as far as what was known by 1951 plus new developments up to 1961 when the book was revised I learned about currents, winds, tides, and oceanic wild life about the ice ages and the relationship of continents to oceans Most importantly I learned that what we do on land ends up in the seas that though we keep learningabout the seas we still keep doing our best to use them to spread radioactivity and toxins.All that learning was excellent and good for me but what I loved most was a feeling I got in every chapter It was as if I were in a spaceship far out from the earth s surface, looking down and seeing the whole big picture This was a better high than any substance has ever given me almost better even than music has ever given me.Second to that effect was a suspicion that while it is crazy to use up natural resources faster than they can be replaced and stupid to toxify our world and ourselves, the oceans will outlast us and possibly transmute mankind s insanity and stupidity intolife and future We are racing ahead at an almost incomprehensible speed but still the earth, its continents and oceans are almost eternal When it comes to material existence, the closest thing I have to faith is that the cycle of life goes on Rachel Carson s book renewed that faith for me This book launched Rachel Carson s career as a popular science literature writer If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one Her writing is unique in that she describes science facts almost poetically, weaving story after story of the wonder and mystery of the oceans She involves the reader by asking questions and then exploring possible answers, all the while revealing new facts to the reader Delving into marine biology, ecology a term that she originally coined, alo This book launched Rachel Carson s career as a popular science literature writer If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one Her writing is unique in that she describes science facts almost poetically, weaving story after story of the wonder and mystery of the oceans She involves the reader by asking questions and then exploring possible answers, all the while revealing new facts to the reader Delving into marine biology, ecology a term that she originally coined, along with the word ecosystem , oceanography and history, her topics include the beginning of the world and the first oceans, sea life in the abysmal depths, tides and the effect of long period tides on climate, phosphorescent sea life, islands and submarine mountain ranges, early ocean exploration, and even the search for the lost continent of Atlantis She often refers to different geological eras, and includes a convenient chart of these She also tells much history of human interaction with the oceans This book is almost 60 years old and represents the pinnacle of ocean knowledge in 1950 From that perspective, an amazing amount is still true and relevant, and even prophetic, today Update I just perused the 1989 edition, and found both the new Introduction and the Afterward added valuable current perspectives The Introduction by environmental writer Ann Zwinger describes the culture and times in which The Sea Around Us and other of Carson s works were written The Afterword, by Jeffrey Levinton, expands on Carson s topics, updating them withcurrent research and understanding of the problems that humans have created in the oceans Update 12 2010 Contrary to what I stated above as gleaned from commentary in one of Carson s sea books , both the terms ecology and ecosystem had been used by others prior to Carson, notably by British zoologist Charles Elton in his 1927 book, Animal Ecology I could almost give this four stars her writing is, as others have said, poetic, and I certainly learned a lot about the ocean However, I disliked having to wade through so much evolutionary content, and found the last paragraph particularly disturbing she almost seems to deify the ocean But I know it is important to read and discuss other beliefs and opinions with my kids, so appreciate the importance of including some books like this in our curriculum. Blue Planet before there was Blue Planet Rachel s descriptions are equal parts scientific, approachable, and magical Would have loved this as a kid This is an iconic book in so many ways Rachel Carson is best known among environmentalists and the general public as the author of Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the damage being done by DDT Before that however she had a long career as an aquatic biologist, working in the American department of fisheries, at the same time she wrote Her writing is a stunningly beautiful meld of science and literature, the facts of science she writes about are a solid as textbook writing, but the hea This is an iconic book in so many ways Rachel Carson is best known among environmentalists and the general public as the author of Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the damage being done by DDT Before that however she had a long career as an aquatic biologist, working in the American department of fisheries, at the same time she wrote Her writing is a stunningly beautiful meld of science and literature, the facts of science she writes about are a solid as textbook writing, but the heart and soul she breaths into her subject matter is the essence of art, with the highest level of craft literature.The sea around us is the first of her books that I ever read, longer ago than I can remember I suspect that the lyric beauty she uses to define the ocean is part of why I ended up studying marine biology.However, it must be remembered that it was written 70 years ago While Rachel s job meant that she had a dizzying wealth of information and experts at her disposal when writing this, it was a long time ago It might be difficult for someone with no science background to read this because much of the material she draws upon is no longer true The writing is as gorgeous as ever, one falls in love with the deep tides of the oceans, while reading you are intoxicated by the scale of the oceans and their affect on the planet But sometimes the information is wrong.It can be a small thing, like the fact that the biological five kingdom classification system didn t get proposed until ten years after this book was published, so when talking about the plankton, one has to adjust one s brain a bit.A bigger deal is the fact of plate tectonics I regularly forget how incredibly recently this theory was accepted by scientists It is so pervasive and so well understood today that it is almost inconceivable that when this book was written, a mere 70 years ago, respectable scientist still thought that mountains were formed my a kind of collapse of the outer crust inward following inner crust cooling Of course, a great deal of what makes the ocean do what it does can be explained by tectonics and cannot even slightly be explained by anything else So, since this book is the hard science among Rachel s work, dealing with currents and winds and waves, none of which can be explained without tectonics, it is an interesting reading experience for a modern mind.Rachel does a great job, mind you There is even a hint that a rumour of the tectonic theory had reached her but it was barely a glimpse This is a lovely introduction to so much if you know enough not to be confused by the errors there is a introduction to geological times entertainingly mentioning that the continents have always been in their current forms , the evolution of animalia and the greening of the land, of glaciation periods and sea level changes Then we get into some charmingly hardcore descriptions of wind, water, waves and the effects of the earths spin and tides At this point, it does become quite obvious that the Pacific ocean and Australia were not nearly as well known to the author as America and Europe, well, probably geological and marine science was in it s infancy here at the time anyway The descriptions of deep ocean waters and waves are fascinating, as are the sections on deep sea biology and exploration since it is clearly the very forefront of the research that we are reading about.Again, the charm of reading things so out of date was strong when, discussing waves, we find that the existence of 100 ft waves was hotly debated at the time of writing Apparently there were very earnest mathematical equations insisting that 100 ft waves were not possible And now, we have crazy surfers traveling to Nazare in Spain to surf SURF 100 ft waves The writing is lovely, so much I enjoyed The combination of extensive knowledge for the time with passionate fascinating and deft, beautiful writing skills wonderful This classic is great Very informative, but the scientific language is engaging and readable I learned a lot from this book Though it was written in the 1950 s and some of the theories have since been changed erased, for the most part it is accurate Loved the first chapter in particular where she talks about one of the theories of the moon s creation, torn from the top layer of the Earth s crust from what is now the Pacific ocean, pulled by tidal waves of force into space as the moon Even This classic is great Very informative, but the scientific language is engaging and readable I learned a lot from this book Though it was written in the 1950 s and some of the theories have since been changed erased, for the most part it is accurate Loved the first chapter in particular where she talks about one of the theories of the moon s creation, torn from the top layer of the Earth s crust from what is now the Pacific ocean, pulled by tidal waves of force into space as the moon Even though global climate change and warming had not been frequently discussed in this era, Carson makes it clear that the Earth is going through a significant stage of warming Her explantaion at this time did not include what we now know today as being human influenced, but nonetheless, she does a great job of explaining the cycles in which our planet goes through and how everything comes together.It s interesting to think about the Earth and parts of our country, maybe even our home, being under water as part of an ocean in the past and most likely in the future How salt and minerals keep washing from the land and into the depths of the ocean, how the currents affect marine life, why waves are formed, how civilations have been lost, shipping routes kept secret, and everything else that happens, some of which is still a mystery within the depths of the ocean I read the 1963 edition, the ninth printing of this, Rachel Carson s 1951 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction Note This date is taken from text on the book s jacket However, Wikipedia says the award was in 1952 This 63 edition included an Appendix of 16 notes in 11 pages by Carson that updated the mid century science of the original with several relevant discoveries in the 12 years subsequent to first publication Rachel Carson is in most circlesfamous for Silent Spr I read the 1963 edition, the ninth printing of this, Rachel Carson s 1951 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction Note This date is taken from text on the book s jacket However, Wikipedia says the award was in 1952 This 63 edition included an Appendix of 16 notes in 11 pages by Carson that updated the mid century science of the original with several relevant discoveries in the 12 years subsequent to first publication Rachel Carson is in most circlesfamous for Silent Spring, her 1962 book often said to have launched the environmental movement However, The Sea Around Us was her breakout book, and a popular phenomenon in its own right, remaining on the NYTimes Bestseller list for 86 weeks versus 31 weeks for The Silent Spring It is a fascinating some have said poetic and I would not disagree elucidation of the most expansive feature of our planet Carson presents its history, geography, chemistry, biology, and meteorology, and the interaction of the human race with the world s oceans As boring as my summary in the prior sentence is, Carson s 198 page work is its diametrical opposite thoroughly THOROUGHLY interesting and entertaining and enlightening Great book will addto this review later, the book went straight from my hand to a love one s, you got to read this I told them so I say the same thing to you I would say to my own blood this book is awesome If your interested in science, nature, or global warming why wouldn t you want to know what one of the most thoughtful and probing scientific minds of the day thought about these issues eighty years ago It s a very important book Can t refer to the page because as I said before I gav Great book will addto this review later, the book went straight from my hand to a love one s, you got to read this I told them so I say the same thing to you I would say to my own blood this book is awesome If your interested in science, nature, or global warming why wouldn t you want to know what one of the most thoughtful and probing scientific minds of the day thought about these issues eighty years ago It s a very important book Can t refer to the page because as I said before I gave the book away, Books are meant to be shared but there were a number of ah ha moments when reading this book, going buy another copy just to keep it in my library for easy reference This is an early work by Rachel Carson I think this was written before she found her voice It sounds a little science and little historical but not entirely focused on the environment as much as her later work would It is as much about maritime exploration as the ocean It is interesting to see her early stuff knowing what a work like Silent Spring would become in defining her contributions to ecology.

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    The Sea Around Us eBook ë The Sea PDF/EPUB ² Times best seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty one consecutive weeks It remained on the list for than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated intolanguages, inspired an Academy Award winning documentary, and won both theNational Book Award and the John Burroughs MedalThis classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared Carson s writing teems with stunning, memorable images the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface and incredibly powerful tides movingbillion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertiseReintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics In addition, acclaimed nature writer Ann Zwinger has contributed a brief forewordToday, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, this illuminating volume provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the importance of the ocean and the life that abounds within it Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read this classic work. This amazing book, the winner of the 1952 National Book Award, is my second Rachel Carson book read I picked it up in part because I m determined to keep up with my love of nature writing Nature Literature, but perhapsbecause there s something about Carson s style that really pulls me in If you re of the same type, you need to add this book to your list, but in the upper half It isn t just Carson s insight into eco systems that s so extraordinary, it s her ability towell, simply This amazing book, the winner of the 1952 National Book Award, is my second Rachel Carson book read I picked it up in part because I m determined to keep up with my love of nature writing Nature Literature, but perhapsbecause there s something about Carson s style that really pulls me in If you re of the same type, you need to add this book to your list, but in the upper half It isn t just Carson s insight into eco systems that s so extraordinary, it s her ability towell, simply write.Carson lapses into the technical at times, and she did with Silent Spring as well, but there arereflective, descriptive, and observation portions in this book It s fantastic when she writes with passion about the world she loves The Sea Around Us is a bit dated in terms of the science, so it s important to focus on the holistic message and the generalities in terms of scientific writingbut honestly, that s not why it should be read unless you re a science historian The real reason to read this gem is to allow Carson s fine ecologist mind to show you a different way of seeing the world of the Earth s seas and their importance for the balance of our world s ecosystems She traces the history of the oceans developments while delving into nearly poetic prose that rivals the passion of John Muir and the fine stylistic writing of Stephen Jay Gould.I love the sea, and always have I have spent time on a ship my U.S Coast Guard days and as a charter boat captain in Alaska, and I am happiest when I m on or at the sea That makes me particularly excited about this book If you love the oceans, nautical things, marine life, or are simply concerned about the world you live in, then pick up this bookand don t forget to drop me a line and thank me for turning you on to it insert huge grinning emoticon Without reservation I can say this is one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever had I rarely read non fiction in book form When I do, I read memoirs, biographies usually of writers and artists , and occasionally history, but never science I decided to read The Sea Around Us because it was a non fiction bestseller in 1951, a year that falls within my Big Fat Reading Project, but also because Rachel Carson is one of my heroines.She is an eloquent and inspiring science writer She Without reservation I can say this is one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever had I rarely read non fiction in book form When I do, I read memoirs, biographies usually of writers and artists , and occasionally history, but never science I decided to read The Sea Around Us because it was a non fiction bestseller in 1951, a year that falls within my Big Fat Reading Project, but also because Rachel Carson is one of my heroines.She is an eloquent and inspiring science writer She writes about scientific information better than some sci fi authors I could mention As far as my interactions with the sea go, I have always loved sitting on a beach and watching waves But I do not enjoy swimming or boating I like to keep my feet on solid ground.Now I have realized that I had little to no idea aboutthan half of the planet I live on I read the book slowly, a chapter at a time over several weeks, with a globe and the Internet close by It was like taking a tour of the world and getting oriented in a whole new way.I learned about the history of planet Earth, at least as far as what was known by 1951 plus new developments up to 1961 when the book was revised I learned about currents, winds, tides, and oceanic wild life about the ice ages and the relationship of continents to oceans Most importantly I learned that what we do on land ends up in the seas that though we keep learningabout the seas we still keep doing our best to use them to spread radioactivity and toxins.All that learning was excellent and good for me but what I loved most was a feeling I got in every chapter It was as if I were in a spaceship far out from the earth s surface, looking down and seeing the whole big picture This was a better high than any substance has ever given me almost better even than music has ever given me.Second to that effect was a suspicion that while it is crazy to use up natural resources faster than they can be replaced and stupid to toxify our world and ourselves, the oceans will outlast us and possibly transmute mankind s insanity and stupidity intolife and future We are racing ahead at an almost incomprehensible speed but still the earth, its continents and oceans are almost eternal When it comes to material existence, the closest thing I have to faith is that the cycle of life goes on Rachel Carson s book renewed that faith for me This book launched Rachel Carson s career as a popular science literature writer If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one Her writing is unique in that she describes science facts almost poetically, weaving story after story of the wonder and mystery of the oceans She involves the reader by asking questions and then exploring possible answers, all the while revealing new facts to the reader Delving into marine biology, ecology a term that she originally coined, alo This book launched Rachel Carson s career as a popular science literature writer If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one Her writing is unique in that she describes science facts almost poetically, weaving story after story of the wonder and mystery of the oceans She involves the reader by asking questions and then exploring possible answers, all the while revealing new facts to the reader Delving into marine biology, ecology a term that she originally coined, along with the word ecosystem , oceanography and history, her topics include the beginning of the world and the first oceans, sea life in the abysmal depths, tides and the effect of long period tides on climate, phosphorescent sea life, islands and submarine mountain ranges, early ocean exploration, and even the search for the lost continent of Atlantis She often refers to different geological eras, and includes a convenient chart of these She also tells much history of human interaction with the oceans This book is almost 60 years old and represents the pinnacle of ocean knowledge in 1950 From that perspective, an amazing amount is still true and relevant, and even prophetic, today Update I just perused the 1989 edition, and found both the new Introduction and the Afterward added valuable current perspectives The Introduction by environmental writer Ann Zwinger describes the culture and times in which The Sea Around Us and other of Carson s works were written The Afterword, by Jeffrey Levinton, expands on Carson s topics, updating them withcurrent research and understanding of the problems that humans have created in the oceans Update 12 2010 Contrary to what I stated above as gleaned from commentary in one of Carson s sea books , both the terms ecology and ecosystem had been used by others prior to Carson, notably by British zoologist Charles Elton in his 1927 book, Animal Ecology I could almost give this four stars her writing is, as others have said, poetic, and I certainly learned a lot about the ocean However, I disliked having to wade through so much evolutionary content, and found the last paragraph particularly disturbing she almost seems to deify the ocean But I know it is important to read and discuss other beliefs and opinions with my kids, so appreciate the importance of including some books like this in our curriculum. Blue Planet before there was Blue Planet Rachel s descriptions are equal parts scientific, approachable, and magical Would have loved this as a kid This is an iconic book in so many ways Rachel Carson is best known among environmentalists and the general public as the author of Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the damage being done by DDT Before that however she had a long career as an aquatic biologist, working in the American department of fisheries, at the same time she wrote Her writing is a stunningly beautiful meld of science and literature, the facts of science she writes about are a solid as textbook writing, but the hea This is an iconic book in so many ways Rachel Carson is best known among environmentalists and the general public as the author of Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the damage being done by DDT Before that however she had a long career as an aquatic biologist, working in the American department of fisheries, at the same time she wrote Her writing is a stunningly beautiful meld of science and literature, the facts of science she writes about are a solid as textbook writing, but the heart and soul she breaths into her subject matter is the essence of art, with the highest level of craft literature.The sea around us is the first of her books that I ever read, longer ago than I can remember I suspect that the lyric beauty she uses to define the ocean is part of why I ended up studying marine biology.However, it must be remembered that it was written 70 years ago While Rachel s job meant that she had a dizzying wealth of information and experts at her disposal when writing this, it was a long time ago It might be difficult for someone with no science background to read this because much of the material she draws upon is no longer true The writing is as gorgeous as ever, one falls in love with the deep tides of the oceans, while reading you are intoxicated by the scale of the oceans and their affect on the planet But sometimes the information is wrong.It can be a small thing, like the fact that the biological five kingdom classification system didn t get proposed until ten years after this book was published, so when talking about the plankton, one has to adjust one s brain a bit.A bigger deal is the fact of plate tectonics I regularly forget how incredibly recently this theory was accepted by scientists It is so pervasive and so well understood today that it is almost inconceivable that when this book was written, a mere 70 years ago, respectable scientist still thought that mountains were formed my a kind of collapse of the outer crust inward following inner crust cooling Of course, a great deal of what makes the ocean do what it does can be explained by tectonics and cannot even slightly be explained by anything else So, since this book is the hard science among Rachel s work, dealing with currents and winds and waves, none of which can be explained without tectonics, it is an interesting reading experience for a modern mind.Rachel does a great job, mind you There is even a hint that a rumour of the tectonic theory had reached her but it was barely a glimpse This is a lovely introduction to so much if you know enough not to be confused by the errors there is a introduction to geological times entertainingly mentioning that the continents have always been in their current forms , the evolution of animalia and the greening of the land, of glaciation periods and sea level changes Then we get into some charmingly hardcore descriptions of wind, water, waves and the effects of the earths spin and tides At this point, it does become quite obvious that the Pacific ocean and Australia were not nearly as well known to the author as America and Europe, well, probably geological and marine science was in it s infancy here at the time anyway The descriptions of deep ocean waters and waves are fascinating, as are the sections on deep sea biology and exploration since it is clearly the very forefront of the research that we are reading about.Again, the charm of reading things so out of date was strong when, discussing waves, we find that the existence of 100 ft waves was hotly debated at the time of writing Apparently there were very earnest mathematical equations insisting that 100 ft waves were not possible And now, we have crazy surfers traveling to Nazare in Spain to surf SURF 100 ft waves The writing is lovely, so much I enjoyed The combination of extensive knowledge for the time with passionate fascinating and deft, beautiful writing skills wonderful This classic is great Very informative, but the scientific language is engaging and readable I learned a lot from this book Though it was written in the 1950 s and some of the theories have since been changed erased, for the most part it is accurate Loved the first chapter in particular where she talks about one of the theories of the moon s creation, torn from the top layer of the Earth s crust from what is now the Pacific ocean, pulled by tidal waves of force into space as the moon Even This classic is great Very informative, but the scientific language is engaging and readable I learned a lot from this book Though it was written in the 1950 s and some of the theories have since been changed erased, for the most part it is accurate Loved the first chapter in particular where she talks about one of the theories of the moon s creation, torn from the top layer of the Earth s crust from what is now the Pacific ocean, pulled by tidal waves of force into space as the moon Even though global climate change and warming had not been frequently discussed in this era, Carson makes it clear that the Earth is going through a significant stage of warming Her explantaion at this time did not include what we now know today as being human influenced, but nonetheless, she does a great job of explaining the cycles in which our planet goes through and how everything comes together.It s interesting to think about the Earth and parts of our country, maybe even our home, being under water as part of an ocean in the past and most likely in the future How salt and minerals keep washing from the land and into the depths of the ocean, how the currents affect marine life, why waves are formed, how civilations have been lost, shipping routes kept secret, and everything else that happens, some of which is still a mystery within the depths of the ocean I read the 1963 edition, the ninth printing of this, Rachel Carson s 1951 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction Note This date is taken from text on the book s jacket However, Wikipedia says the award was in 1952 This 63 edition included an Appendix of 16 notes in 11 pages by Carson that updated the mid century science of the original with several relevant discoveries in the 12 years subsequent to first publication Rachel Carson is in most circlesfamous for Silent Spr I read the 1963 edition, the ninth printing of this, Rachel Carson s 1951 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction Note This date is taken from text on the book s jacket However, Wikipedia says the award was in 1952 This 63 edition included an Appendix of 16 notes in 11 pages by Carson that updated the mid century science of the original with several relevant discoveries in the 12 years subsequent to first publication Rachel Carson is in most circlesfamous for Silent Spring, her 1962 book often said to have launched the environmental movement However, The Sea Around Us was her breakout book, and a popular phenomenon in its own right, remaining on the NYTimes Bestseller list for 86 weeks versus 31 weeks for The Silent Spring It is a fascinating some have said poetic and I would not disagree elucidation of the most expansive feature of our planet Carson presents its history, geography, chemistry, biology, and meteorology, and the interaction of the human race with the world s oceans As boring as my summary in the prior sentence is, Carson s 198 page work is its diametrical opposite thoroughly THOROUGHLY interesting and entertaining and enlightening Great book will addto this review later, the book went straight from my hand to a love one s, you got to read this I told them so I say the same thing to you I would say to my own blood this book is awesome If your interested in science, nature, or global warming why wouldn t you want to know what one of the most thoughtful and probing scientific minds of the day thought about these issues eighty years ago It s a very important book Can t refer to the page because as I said before I gav Great book will addto this review later, the book went straight from my hand to a love one s, you got to read this I told them so I say the same thing to you I would say to my own blood this book is awesome If your interested in science, nature, or global warming why wouldn t you want to know what one of the most thoughtful and probing scientific minds of the day thought about these issues eighty years ago It s a very important book Can t refer to the page because as I said before I gave the book away, Books are meant to be shared but there were a number of ah ha moments when reading this book, going buy another copy just to keep it in my library for easy reference This is an early work by Rachel Carson I think this was written before she found her voice It sounds a little science and little historical but not entirely focused on the environment as much as her later work would It is as much about maritime exploration as the ocean It is interesting to see her early stuff knowing what a work like Silent Spring would become in defining her contributions to ecology. 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