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World Ocean Census

A Global Survey of Marine Life

World Ocean Census( )
Author: Crist, Darlene Trew
Sowcroft, Gail
Harding, James M.
Foreword by: Earle, Sylvia A.
Publication Date:Sep 2009
Publisher:UWA Publishing
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $55.00
Book Description:

What once lived in the global ocean? What is living there now? What will live there in the future? The answers to these questions are at the heart of World Ocean Census, which also explores the great adventures experienced during the book's research. An insider's description of the comprehensive Census of Marine Life and what it reveals about a seriously threatened ecosystem.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Science / Earth Sciences / Oceanography
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):23 x 28 cm
Author Biography
Crist, Darlene Trew (Author)
Sylvia Earle can lay claim to the titles marine botanist, environmentalist, businesswoman, writer, and deep-sea explorer. Of them all, the last is perhaps the one that most captures the imagination. She has spent more than 6,000 hours (over seven months) underwater. In 1979, she attached herself to a submarine that took her, at times as fast as 100 feet per minute, to the ocean floor 1,250 feet below. Dressed in a "Jim suit," a futuristic concoction of plastic and metal armor, she made the deepest solo dive ever made without a cable connecting her to a support vessel at the surface. This daring dive is comparable to the NASA voyage to the moon 10 years before.

In 1984 Earle became the co-designer (with Graham Hawkes) of Deep Rover, a deep-sea submersible capable of exploring the midwaters of the ocean. Their company, Deep Ocean Technology, went on to develop a second-generation submersible, Deep Flight, that can speed through the ocean at depths of as much as 4,000 feet. Currently under development is Ocean Everest, expected to operate at a depth of up to 35,800 feet, which will take scientists to the deepest parts of the sea. Although the uses of submersibles are still largely scientific, Earle hopes that they might one day transport laypeople to the bottom of the sea. She feels that the "experience of flying through a dark ocean, of watching the lights of a luminescent creature flash all around us" might help us gain more respect for the largely unexplored ocean world.

In addition to the scientific work that led to her being appointed in 1990 as chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earle has worked tirelessly to educate the public. Working with Al Giddings, s

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