554 pages, 14 colour & 83 b/w photos, 122 colour & b/w illustrations, tables
For more than a decade, Rezneat Darnell worked on this major synthesis of what is known about the Gulf of Mexico. His goal: to bring a deeper understanding of "the American Sea" to students, scientists, managers, and educated citizens of the public at large. The American Sea builds on Darnell's own research, the research of his graduate students, government agency research reports, data synthesis reports, and literature summaries to present a holistic view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Although he is recognized as a pioneer in the study of continental shelf ecology, Darnell largely resisted specialization, remaining throughout his career "the writer and bringer together of things."
Here, he has written a book that embraces history, geology, geography, meteorology, chemistry, biology, ecology, and human relations in one comprehensive reference. Although it is thorough and meticulous in coverage, what comes through in these pages is the enormity, complexity, and mystery of the world that lies just beyond the Texas vacation beach, the Louisiana wetland, or the Mexico fishing village.
In addition to photographs of deep water and other organisms that are included in The American Sea, a number of illustrations have been added to provide excellent visual material, including historical and ocean floor maps and many works of original art depicting marine species, sea turtles, fish, and crustaceans.
"This magnificent book is a major landmark reference publication on the Gulf of Mexico. It embraces history, geology, geography, meteorology, chemistry, biology, ecology and human relations in one comprehensive reference. Although it is thorough and meticulous in coverage, what comes through in these pages is the enormity, complexity and mystery of the world that lies just beyond the Texas vacation beach, the Louisiana wetland, or the Mexican fishing village."
– Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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Rezneat Milton Darnell was professor emeritus of oceanography at Texas A&M University, USA where he trained a generation of scientists on the ecology of the continental shelf. He coauthored the Northwestern Gulf Shelf Bio-Atlas for the National Marine Fisheries Service and authored Impacts of Construction Activities in Wetlands of the United States for the EPA and the book Ecology and Man.