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Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World

Popular Science

By: Paul Rose and Anne Laking

240 pages, colour photographs

BBC Books

Hardback | Oct 2008 | #175056 | ISBN-13: 9781846075056
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About this book

The oceans are the single most important feature of our planet. They shape our climate, our culture, our future. Yet we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about Earth's watery depths. What lies below the frozen Arctic ice-sheets? Or in the intriguing black holes under the Caribbean Sea? What lurks within the tannin-stained waters of the Southern Ocean? And how does the remarkable Humboldt squid survive in its oxygen-starved lair?

Beautifully illustrated with more than 150 color photographs, "Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World" unravels the mysteries of the deep and provides illuminating insights into this vast undersea domain. Drawing on the most exciting stories from the fields of sub-aquatic archeology, geology, marine biology and anthropology, professional diver and explorer Paul Rose reveals an astonishing hidden world of lost cities, forgotten shipwrecks, underwater caves and submerged volcanoes.He also looks at the inhabitants of the ocean habitat, from great white sharks to the myriad exotic, but rarely seen, life forms that thrive in the extreme conditions miles beneath the surface.

The oceans contribute more to the wellbeing of life on Earth than any other global system, providing food and oxygen and regulating the weather. As carbon dioxide levels rise, the seas are becoming more acidic, which may mean they will be less able to absorb the gas in the first place. This book, like the landmark television series it accompanies, examines the possible consequences of upsetting this delicate balance and its impact on global warming.

This book accompanies the new BBC Series.

Foreword by Philippe Cousteau.

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Paul Rose, the expedition leader and co-presenter of the BBC television series, Oceans, is a polar guide, professional diver, mountaineer, engineer and yacht skipper. He was the base commander of the British Antarctic Survey, and was awarded both the Queen's Polar Medal and the US Polar Medal. He ran the US Navy's diver training programme at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and trained emergency response dive teams, including the police, fire department and underwater recovery teams. He has presented several other television series, including Voyages of Discovery, Climate Change and Take One Museum.

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