Beautifully illustrated, packed with maps and diagrams, and containing up-to-date data on the status of endangered marine species, Atlas of Oceans is a celebration of Earth's vibrant and awe-inspiring oceans and seas and an urgent call to action to protect one of our planet's most vital resources.
A tragedy is playing out beneath the surface of the world's bodies of marine waters, one that began long before the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although many books have explored the environmental problems being faced on land, Atlas of Oceans is the first one for a general audience that examines how creatures of the marine environment are, if anything, more vulnerable than their land-based counterparts.
You will be introduced to the dazzling diversity of creatures that inhabit the oceans and seas, and to the nature of the problems they face. Special features focus on the threats to particular animals, plants, and habitats, as well as on specific issues like over-fishing, global warming, and pollution. The book also includes success stories, recommendations for what can be done to preserve ocean ecosystems, and a complete rundown of the most endangered species of marine life.
Explore Earth's oceans and discover all that there is to preserve in Atlas of Oceans.
London-based author John Farndon studied earth sciences and English literature at Cambridge University but has since written on just about every topic imaginable. He has written over 300 books, which have sold millions of copies around the world in most major languages and include many best-sellers, such as the award-winning Do Not Open, which became a cult-hit in the USA as well as featuring on the New York Times and Washington Post best-seller lists. In earlier years, he wrote mostly for children, and has been shortlisted a record four times for the junior Science Book prize. But recently he has been writing for adults too.
Many of his books have on popular science, and in particular earth science and nature, and environmental issues, including How the Earth Works, The Wildlife Atlas, The Dictionary of the Earth. He was a major contributor to the Smithsonian's 'Earth' and 'Science' encyclopedias His Practical Encyclopedia of Rocks and Minerals has recently been one of the top 15 selling books for Scientific American. The Atlas of Oceans, his big book on endangered life in the oceans, for Yale in the USA (A&C Black in the UK and Australian Geographic in Australia) garnered glowing reports prepublication from major figures in the USA such as the Cousteaus, Carl Safina, and Harm de Blij.
But he has covered a wide range of topics, including many books on contemporary issues such as Everything You Should Know about Iran, China Rises and 101 Facts You Should Know about Food. He also writes on the history of science and idea. In 2010, his book for Icon Do You Think You're Clever? was a best-seller and was shortlisted for the Society of Authors Education Award. The World's Greatest Idea was selected as one of the top 50 books of the year in South Africa.
He has a growing following on his internet sites, including podcasts and blogs, and is also a playwright and songwriter, whose work has been performed at such theatres as the Donmar and Almeida in London and the Salisbury Playhouse. Songs of his have been selected many times for the Sondheim Singing prize and other showcases.