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Encyclopedia of the Sea (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. Oktober 2000

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The world's oceans are vast, too vast for their components to be distilled comfortably into the pages of a single book. That said, Richard Ellis, a noted student of all matters pelagic, does an extraordinary job of gathering key points of the oceans' natural and human history in this fact-filled, desk-sized encyclopedia. Starting with abalone ("a large marine gastropod of the genus Haliotis, with a dishlike shell punctuated by a series of holes on the outer edge") and ending with zooxanthellae (a kind of pigmented protozoan that conducts photosynthesis), Ellis offers sparkling discussions on topics ranging from the red-footed booby (whose name, we learn, derives from the Spanish bobo and refers unflatteringly to the bird's apparent stupidity in not fleeing humans) to Captain William Kidd ("one of history's most notorious pirates," whose reputed buried treasures are still the objects of treasure hunters' dreams) and from the Hanseatic League (a seagoing, commercial federation of north German towns that once ruled the Baltic) to scrimshaw ("the carving done by American whalemen on whale bones and teeth or, less frequently, on the tusks of walruses").

Whether beachgoer or deep-sea explorer, if you have any interest at all in the ocean, you'll find this, like Ellis's many other books on sea life and lore, to be a useful and entertaining companion. --Gregory McNamee

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Richard Ellis is the author of ten previous books, including The Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, The Book of Sharks, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Great White Shark (with John McCosker), Deep Atlantic, Imagining Atlantis, and The Search for the Giant Squid.

He is also a celebrated marine artist whose paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He has written and illustrated articles for numerous magazines, including Audubon, National Geographic, Discover, and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.


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Well worth the price... 20. August 2002
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His previous work shows that Richard Ellis is certainly a man of artistic talent with a broad interest in all things aquatic. With Encyclopedia of the Sea he has tried to bring together as much information as he can about the ocean. Everyone should know that this can't be done in one book, especially of this size. I don't think that this was a serious attempt to produce the master treatise on the ocean. If that is what your looking for look elsewhere (it doesn't exist but good luck).
However, this book is good! Hard to put down even. I have curled up with it a few times randomly going from page to page appreciating the entries chosen and, as always, Ellis' illustrations. You can go from a description of a pirate vessel to a definition of a group of fishes. This book might have the most eclectic batch of information ever gathered in one binding. It should truly be a joy to any person who has a bit of the romantic in their own quest for information. Get it because you want it, not because you need an encyclopedia on the ocean.
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A 'must' purchase for any strong science library collection 29. April 2001
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Ellis is a leading world expert on aquatic life and ocean lore, and his Encyclopedia Of The Sea is an impressive compendium of facts and information gathers years of investigation from various sources to provide the first comprehensive illustrated reference on almost everything known about the sea. The A-Z reference will prove an invaluable guide and a 'must' purchase for any strong science library collection.
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great coffee table book 20. November 2000
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This is a wonderful coffee table book. The pictures are just fabulous- like nothing I had ever seen before. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to look at unique and interesting books.
Daughter's textbook 4. April 2014
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This is part of my daughter's class on Folklore of the Sea. She is getting a B.A. in Maritime Studies, and feels that this was a good addition to her library.
Amazing 11. September 2010
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This book is fascinating and arrived quickly. The vendor was responsive and I would recommend purchasing this and other products from them!
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