By: Dallas Murphy
278 pages, b&w photos
In To Follow the Water, Dallas Murphy traces the history of man's interaction with the Gulf Stream from our first awareness of it right up until today's efforts to preserve it amidst the devastating effects of climate change. He looks back in time at the characters - like Benjamin Franklin - who have helped to define what we now consider to be the Gulf Stream. Murphy also looks out at the Stream itself from the decks of the many ships he has taken through its waters, including the research vessel of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Knor, on which he secured a berth to participate in an expedition using the most up-to-date technologies available to study the current state of the Gulf Stream.
"In 'To Follow the Water', Dallas Murphy gives the general reader and the specialist an ocean view beyond the confines of the laboratory or computer model. He rolls from topic to topic in a readable and scientifically astute narrative that touches on the oceans' many aspects - from their exploration over the centuries to their current impact on climate - and their study as a quantitative science today. Meticulously following the waters of the Gulf Stream into the blue beyond, Murphy's book gets it right".
- Arnold L Gordon, Nature Vol 449, September 2007.
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