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"What will become of people now?"

  • Jun 21, 2010
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Deep Blue Home is, at heart, a story of our interdependency with Earth's oceans. Julia Whitty has spent much of her life traveling around the globe, working with and observing the creatures that live on, in and around their "deep blue home".

Whitty tells some interesting stories and ties them in quite nicely with the current environmental issues, writing in a way that is very understandable and readable for those not of scientific bent. She does move around a lot, back and forth in time and to different locations, which can make it a bit difficult to follow at times. However, that is pretty much a minor issue. What to me is a bigger issue is that there are no photos. She mentions so much wildlife in the book, including their latin names, whether they are listed and what their status is, that it would be nice to have photos to truly see these incredible creatures. It seems like photos would make connections with the reader that just black and white text may not...connections that need to be made for people to want to make the efforts to help. The photos don't need to be spread throughout the book - even just a section in the middle would be nice.

Otherwise, I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it for anyone who has a fascination and/or appreciation for all that the ocean does for our planet. Truly, the ocean is everyone's Deep Blue Home.

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Julia Whitty has delivered a marvelous overview of the state of our oceans, a tale redolent of scientific knowledge and infused with poetry. The prospects are bleak. Taken altogether it is very difficult to imagine a happy outcome for either the Deep Blue Home she so lovingly describes or the big blue ball on which we live.     This is a story of species in radical decline, ocean chemistry undergoing catastrophic change, past excesses of organic despoliation and current extremes …
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At the center ofDeep Blue Home--a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it--is Whitty's description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. It's a watery force connected to the earth's climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race.

Whitty's thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of "extremophile" life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of "whale falls" (what happens upon the death of a behemoth).

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the book's most haunting encounters, she realizes: "I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside--would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?"

This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.
 

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Books, Biographies, Nature Books, Ecotourism, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Ocean Currents, Marine Ecology, Deep Sea Ecology

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ISBN-10: 0618119817
ISBN-13: 978-0618119813
Author: Julia Whitty
Genre: Outdoors & Nature
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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