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  • The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

    Claire Nouvian

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  • Publisher : University Of Chicago Press

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  • ISBN : 0226595668

    Author : Claire Nouvian

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  • On dry land, most organisms are confined to the surface, or at most to altitudes of a hundredmetersthe height of the tallest trees. In the oceans, though, living space has both vertical andhorizontal dimensions: with an average depth of 3800 meters, the oceans offer 99% of the space onEarth where life can develop. And the deep sea, which has been immersed in total darkness sincethe dawn of time, occupies 85% of ocean space, forming the planets largest habitat. Yet thesedepths abound with mystery. The deep sea is mostly unchartedonly about 5 percent of the seafloorhas been mapped with any reasonable degree of detailand we know very little about the creaturesthat call it home. Current estimates about the number of species yet to be found vary between tenand thirty million. The deep sea no longer has anything to prove; it is without doubt Earths largestreservoir of life.

    Combining the latest scientific discoveries with astonishing color imagery, The Deep takes readers ona voyage into the darkest realms of the ocean. Revealing natures oddest and most mesmerizingcreatures in crystalline detail, The Deep features more than two hundred color photographs ofterrifying sea monsters, living fossils, and ethereal bioluminescent creatures, some photographedhere for the very first time. Accompanying these breathtaking photographs are contributions fromsome of the worlds most respected researchers that examine the biology of deep-sea organisms,the ecology of deep-sea habitats, and the history of deep-sea exploration.

    An unforgettable visual and scientific tour of the teeming abyss, The Deep celebrates the incrediblediversity of life on Earth and will captivate anyone intrigued by the unseenandunimaginablecreatures of the deep sea.

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