256 pages, 320 col illus
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 book for a general audience that examines how creatures of the marine environment are if anything more vulnerable than their land-based counterparts.
Readers are introduced to the dazzling, diverse array 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 overfishing, 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.
Beautifully illustrated, packed with maps and diagrams, and containing up-to-the-minute 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 great coffee table book - beautiful photos and something for all thoses with more than a passing interest in what's going on under the keel.' Sailing Today (July 2011) 'Atlas of Oceans is a vibrant journey through the Earth's oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them. Beautifully illustrated.' All at Sea (March 2011) 'A lavishly produced and passionate work...Well written and superbly illustrated...avoids the trap of being bleakly pessimistic about the state of play.' Nautilus International (May 2011) "Readers are introduced to the diverse array of creatures that inhabit the oceans, 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." Jersey Evening Post (June 2011) "Atlas of Oceans is a magnificent work in every respect." Reader Report, Yale University "The photography is excellent throughout and I would dare anyone not to find something of interest or mutter 'I didn't know that...' after a page or two" Sailing Today (August 20110 'This is a beautifully produced reference book which covers all aspects of the oceans and seas of the world... It contains some magnificent photographs as well as interesting text...a fascinating and thought-provoking read.' Royal Naval Sailing Association (Summer 2011) 'this is a beautifully presented study of the world's oceans with some astonishing images...If anyone needs reminding of the beauty and complexity of the world's oceans, the paradigm shift that is still required in the human race's relationship with the planet and stewardship of its diminishing resources, then this book offers an excellent resource.' Lifeboat Magazine (July 2011)
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John Farndon studied earth sciences at Cambridge University and has written more than 300 reference and general interest books for children and adults, including How the Earth Works, Amazing Planet Earth, Natural World, China Rises, India Booms, 365: Modern History, The Universe Explained, and 101 Facts You Should Know about Food. His books have been translated into most major languages, and he has been shortlisted four times for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.