Penguin Book


Ocean of Life

Callum Roberts

The story of Earth's most important and least understood habitat.

The oceans are an extraordinary paradox. They remain the most wondrously mysterious place on earth - their hidden depths largely unexplored, far less understood - and yet, we take them completely for granted.

We get the whole story, a panoramic tour beneath the seas: Why do currents circulate the way do? How has the chemistry of the oceans changed over the years? Just how polluted are we making them? Above all, Roberts reveals the amazing richness and complexity of life in the oceans, and how it has changed over the centuries.

The oceans are now under unprecedented threat, from us. Not only does Roberts show how we are fishing our oceans to extinction, crucially, he explains how what is happening in the oceans also directly affects our lives on the land. As this book urgently persuades us, the oceans are the most fundamental element of the world's ecosystem, and the life they support is now in the balance. Roberts looks to the future, showing how we can arrest and reverse the damage that we are doing.

Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York. His first book, The Unnatural History of the Sea, won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Prize.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
31/05/2012
Category
  • Science and Technology
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
400
US
Penguin Group US (Viking)
Translation
Penguin
Rights sold
French
German
Romanian
Spanish
Chinese Simplified
Film
.Conville & Walsh Limited (part of the
Serial
Penguin
Audio (Unabridged)
Penguin
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