- Gebundene Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
- Verlag: Dorling Kindersley (1. Mai 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1405330929
- ISBN-13: 978-1405330923
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,3 x 3,3 x 26,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.655.869 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Ocean: The World's Last Wilderness Revealed (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Mai 2008
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Every page is a treat (Dive Magazine )
Explore the last wilderness left on Earth in this new compact guide to the ocean. From mangrove swamp to ocean floor, mollusc to manatee, Atlantic Conveyer to Hurricane Katrina, unravel the mysteries of the sea. Marvel at the oceans' power and importance to our planet - as the birthplace of life on Earth, a crucial element of our climate, and as a vital but increasingly fragile resource for mankind. You will discover every aspect - from the geology of the sea floor and the interaction between the ocean's and atmosphere - to the extraordinary diversity of marine life. Dive in for an awe-inspiring view of a watery world few of us have experienced. A beautiful visual essay celebrates the drama of the sea, while stunning illustrations and the latest satellite-derived maps explain and illuminate each natural process and phenomena. This title includes an inspiring introduction by Editor-in-chief Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques. Dramatic, thought-provoking, and revealing, "Ocean" shines a bright and revealing spotlight into the depths of the last wilderness on our planet.
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Es ist voll mit interessanten Informationen und tollen Bildern.Von Meeresgeologie, Wetterkunde, über Ozeanatlas bis hin zu den diversen Organismen und Meerestieren beschreibt es alles, was man über den Ozean wissen muss. Es dauert eine Weile bis man damit durch ist, aber es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Ich kann es jedem Meeresliebhaber oder angehenden Meeresbiologen nur empfehlen.
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It gets off to a slightly slow start, with a quick review of just what seawater is, chemically, and why that matters. Geology and meterology come next, the rocky basin that holds the sea and the air above it. In both cases, land and sky, the ocean shapes them as much as they shape the ocean. This discussion includes things as important as El Niño and hurricane Katrina. Although wide-ranging and informative, vivid illustrations and photos keep it lively and personal. The first 200 pages or so continue the discussion of the polar icecaps, shores, underwater geography, and the rest of the ocean itself.
Then the discussion turns to oceanic life. Historical life start it off, from the age of dinosaurs. The authors then move into the plankton, clearly distinguishing the bacteria from archaea, and both from the eukaryotic protists and diatoms. Next comes plant life in and near the ocean, including aquatic algae and shoreline plants, lichens, and fungi. These sections set the pattern, clearly identifying several levels of taxa to which specimen belongs, its worldwide distribution, gorgeous pictures, and a paragraph or two. Discussion varies, sometimes highlighting distinctive parts of an organism's life cyle, special relationships, or the scientists who've done most to uncover and spread this wonderful knowledge.
It's the section on animals that young readers will be most drawn to. It starts with the sedentary corals, bryozoans, and other beautiful and colorful critters of simple habits. The authors work their way up to bottom-dwelling benthos and the free-swimming nekton. That includes fish, sharks, porpoises and whales, turtles, and other wonderful beings. Next come birds, lizards, seals, and other lives spent on or only partly in the sea.
But you won't take it in order - you won't be let to if you have a kid in your lap when you read it. So much of this book is so exciting, even parts you might not have guessed, that you're sure to skip around, finding new surprises nearly every time you flip to a new page. It's huge fun, good science, and a great way to stir any child's (or adult's) fascination with the majority of the world's surface and the lives in it.
This huge book is divided into four major sections:
Introduction -- covering such things as the properties of water that make the ocean what it is, the geology, circulation, climate, tides and waves. These are properties that apply to all oceans.
Ocean Environments -- broken down by areas such as depth, temperature, the sea floor.
Ocean Life -- subdivided into two sections that cover first the ecology of marine life, followed by a breakdown of the plant and animal life in considerable detail.
Atlas of the oceans -- includes maps of all the oceans as well as additional maps showing things like current flow, depths, undersea features, the seas around the oceans, basically everything there is to know.
This is a beautifully illustrated huge book. Over 500 pages, 10 x 12 inches. It's a great book to read with a youngster on your lap just looking at the pictures of weird life.
That said, this is an excellent educational text with so much interesting information to offer. (It made me want to read the book cover-to-cover, which would probably keep me busy for at least a few days!)
The four main sections of the book include:
Atlas of the Oceans
The Introduction section takes a scientific look at the earth. A sampling of the topics of this section include "The Evolution of the Oceans", "Tectonics and the Ocean Floor", "Hurricanes", and "El Nino and La Nina". Mixed in with the photos are a number of color drawings and graphs to help the reader understand the concepts.
The section on Ocean Environments includes articles on specific places like San Francisco Bay and Hardanger Fjord as well as general information on habitats such as Salt Marshes, Mangrove Swamps and Rocky Sea Beds. The pages are full of photos of the areas as well as typical species found there.
The largest section is on Ocean Life and focuses on the variety of creatures found in the sea. Exhibited within these pages are a number of amazing photos of plants and animals that I had not seen before (though I'm not an expert on this subject) including creatures such as the Glass Squid, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and the Goblin Shark. I thoroughly enjoyed the short paragraph articles describing unique aspects of the species shown as well as the longer texts on topics like "Echinoderms" that includes anatomy, reproduction, feeding and defense sub-articles.
The last section is Atlas of the Oceans and includes maps of the different oceans and text describing them.
Again, the focus of this book is learning, not just amazing photography, and it does an excellent job of offering a smorgasbord of articles on different topics. If you really want to learn about the ocean and its inhabitants while paging through fantastic photographs, you will thoroughly enjoy this book!
Introduction (which covers 'Ocean Water', 'Ocean Geology', and 'Circulation and Climate'...basically, these explain what makes up the ocean and why it does what it does)
Ocean Environments (including subsections on 'Coasts and the Shoreline', 'Shallow Seas','The Open Seas and Ocean Floor', and 'Polar Ocean'),
Ocean Life (with information on everything from the blue whale, to fish, to plankton,to different types of worms,birds and plants that thrive near or in the ocean)
Atlas of the Oceans (including maps of the world's five major oceans and more detailed maps of individual regions within those oceans)
I loved this book! I would highly suggest it for anyone interested in learning more about this yet-untamed (but sadly not unmarked) wilderness. I keep seeing references to children in the other reviews, and while most children would love the pictures, and some older children would be fasinated by the information, the writing is in no way 'dumbed down' and I would recommend it for any adult seeking a book on this subject.
I would like to point out a couple of things, though. One is that some of the reviewers got a little carried away when describing the size of this book. It is big, yes, but it is not huge. I have several reference books, some of which are much larger. This book has 512 pages, weighs 5.9 lbs, and its dimensions are 12 x 10.1 x 1.4 inches. Please measure it out, if you have to, but don't order it and think it's smaller then you thought it would be and then review it badly here. It is idiotic to review poorly because a book isn't the size you imagined it would be, especially since all Amazon books have the weight, dimensions, and page numbers listed. I've seen reviewers rate poorly because they didn't bother to look and see how big a book was, and this can affect the overall rating of otherwise good books.
Also, please understand that this book is not exaustive. How can it be? The ocean is unbelievably huge and diverse. This cannot cover all forms of life that exist around, above, and beneath the waves. But what it does cover, it covers exceptionally well. If you love the Ocean, you won't be sorry you bought it!